When members of TLC’s famous family begin to navigate love and marriage, there are plenty of strict dating and marriage rules that Jim Bob and Michelle expect all of their kids to follow. Courting: Chaperones are required on get-togethers, and only side hugs are allowed.The Duggars don’t “date,” they “court,” oldest brother Josh told PEOPLE in 2014.“A courtship is a path toward marriage.” During the courtship period, possible mates spend time together with family members there to supervise, never alone.As for the physical parameters, “Emotions get heated the closer you get,” Michelle told PEOPLE at the time. You need boundaries.” Of course, the Duggars and their spouses-to-be are “only human” as Joy-Anna Duggar‘s husband Austin Forsyth admitted on .“Sometimes we don’t always abide perfectly by our rules,” he acknowledged after they were filmed accidentally sharing a brief full embrace after Joy accepted his proposal. That was a real hard try.” Engagement: Hand holding is permitted.After Derick Dillard popped the question to Jill Duggar in 2014, the two were excited to move to the next phase of their relationship.
The Duggar parents encourage each couple to set their own parameters, though “it’s hard sometimes,” Jessa admitted.“I won’t say there isn’t a desire to kiss my man.” But as Jill put it, “Obviously, you can kiss and not have sex.It’s about setting a higher standard so you don’t struggle [with temptation].” RELATED VIDEO: Joy-Anna & Austin Forsyth Reveal They Broke a Key Duggar Courtship Rule: “We’re [Only] Human Wedding Night: The magic happens, and kids are soon to follow.The Duggars are finally free to consummate their relationships after their wedding.
“We want a big family,” Jill told PEOPLE of her and Derick’s family plans.
Both she and her sister Jessa became pregnant within a few months of their wedding dates.