Love is in the air! The Duggar family has been captivating viewers with their unique courtship process since 2008 — have kept the tradition going strong ever since.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar share 19 children: sons Joshua, John-David, Joseph, Josiah, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, Justin Jackson, and their daughters Jana, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joy-Anna, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace Josie. The family’s first reality series, 19 Kids and CountingFrom 2008 to 2015,, quickly rose in popularity and became one of the most viewed shows on TLC. Later, they returned for a spin-off. Counting onThe show ran for 11 seasons until it was cancelled by the network in June 2021. The show’s end came two months after Josh was arrested on child pornography charges.
Over the years, fans have watched many of the Duggar children explore their own relationships in hopes of scoring a love as strong as their parents’. Due to their conservative Christian background, the family enforces a number of strict rules when it comes to courting, or “dating with a purpose.”
“Courtship is really waiting for the one God has for you and praying through the whole process,” Jim Bob explained during a 2014 Today interview. Michelle agreed, adding, “It’s really examining the person and considering, ‘Would this be the guy I want to be the father of my kids?’”
Kissing, hand-holding and other physical markers of affection aren’t allowed until a couple’s wedding day. Partners must have a chaperone on their dates early in the courtship process. Many Duggar girls had their brothers by their side when they were getting to know their suitors.
“Having that accountability really keeps things from going in the wrong direction,” the father of 19 told Today.
The patriarch also warned his children not to send text messages to Michelle and Jim Bob while they are in a relationship. Having Jim Bob and Michelle as an example of a happy marriage has given the Duggar’s high standards when it comes to their love lives — and their parents don’t mind.
“There is no failed courtship,” Michelle explained in 2014. “A parent that loves and cares for their children, they want the best relationship for their child. It’s fun to be involved in the whole process in choosing it.”
Scroll down to learn more about the Duggar family’s courtship beginnings!