"19 Kids and Counting" 20-year Daughter Jessa Duggar Not Allowed To Kiss Boyfriend While 'Courting'

By Anita Sun, Crossmap On September 17, 2013

Jessa Duggar, the third eldest daughter of Duggar Family who have 19 children is now courting with 18-year-old Ben Seewald, whom she met at church.

The relationship between Jessa and Ben will be broadcasted on the Duggar's reality series, "19 Kids & Counting," premiering tonight on TLC.

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Jim Bob recently told People magazine that their family were so excited for Ben and Jessa.

"Jessa has a very steady personality," said mom Michelle, 47. "It has been interesting to watch their interactions because for her personality type, 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.

"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.", the father added.

But what is courting? According to Jim, it is not the same as dating. The Duggars say that a "courtship" is when a couple decides if they will get married.

"Courting is getting to know each other in a group setting," he said. "With dating, a couple will often pair off alone, and that sometimes leads to a more physical relationship."

"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 communication.