Duggar Family Daughter, 20, Not Allowed to Kiss Boyfriend While 'Courting'
Jessa Duggar, 20, has entered a "courtship" with 18-year-old Ben Seewald, whom she met at church.
Jessa is the third eldest daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, who have 19 children and do not believe in birth control.
The relationship between Jessa and Ben will be broadcast on the Duggar's reality series, "19 Kids & Counting," on TLC.
"We are so excited for Ben and Jessa. They are enjoying getting to know each other and are recommending sermons to one another," Jim Bob recently told People magazine.
"He's the first one she has shown interest in that has a spiritual focus and legitimate calling about ministry work. When a guy is pursing your daughter, you want to check him out and see if there are any red flags and with Ben, there hasn't been. He is very sharp. It appears like a match made in heaven."
Seewald has his own windshield repair business and works at a country club in Hot Springs, Ark.
The Duggars say that a "courtship" is when a couple decides if they will get married. However, the couple is only together in group settings and will wait until their wedding before kissing.
"Dad allowed them to do a side hug when they were officially courting. Jessa and Ben have said that was the only contact they would have, when they initially greet each other, when he comes to visit for their first hello, they have a quick 30-second or less side hug and a goodbye side hug and they agreed that would be the only contact they should have," said mom Michelle.
The young couple's texts are also monitored by the Duggars, who apparently enjoy reading their not-so-private communication.
"It has been interesting to watch their interactions because they share very similar beliefs. It has been fun to watch them and both of our phones are going off back and forth, ping, ping, ping. It is sweet as a mom to watch Jessa go through this. She's always been the organizer in our family unit and right now she is a little distracted," added Michelle.