Josiah may be moving things along too fast
There’s a new Duggar courtship to talk about! Counting On fans are happy that Josiah Duggar is courting yet again. While he’s ecstatic about his girlfriend Lauren Swanson, he may be getting too close to her too quickly. His behavior may already be breaking the strict Duggar rules of courtship even though they feel like they want to be married soon.
See what the young lovers have been up to right now!
A New Courtship
Celebuzz! reported in mid-January that 18-year-old Lauren Swanson — whose family is friends with the Duggars — jetted off to Australia and New Zealand with the Counting On stars to make an appearance at the Institute of Basic Life Principles conference. Lauren was seen standing right next to 21-year-old Josiah on stage when members of the family took turns speaking about faith, family, and their personal beliefs.
Duggar matriarch Michelle announced on stage that Lauren’s family helps to home-school children and that the Lauren comes from large family who also hold values strict Christian values.
Josiah and Lauren’s closeness had fans speculating that they weren’t just friends.
Breaking the Rules
Josiah and Lauren finally announced that they were officially courting on Jan. 23. “I can definitely say I have found a great friend … even better than I could have hoped for or imagined. I so appreciate Lauren’s Christlike character and tender heart toward others,” Josiah told People Magazine after the big reveal. “She brings sunshine into the room and encourages everyone around her.”
He continued to say that he’s looking forward to “establishing a relationship, getting to know one another even better and praying together toward our future.”
Josiah held onto Lauren throughout their announcement video on TLC and in some photos he’s posted on his Instagram page. It looks like Josiah might already be breaking the courtship rules one day into taking their new relationship public.
The Duggar daughters were held to strict courtship and engagement rules before they got married. The rules, set forth by their father Jim Bob, state that two people who are courting can only give “side hugs” for a few seconds. The courters must allow their parents to see their text conversations, though they may advance to be allowed one hour of phone conversation a day. A chaperone must also be present whenever they’re spending time together. If Jim Bob and Michelle aren’t available to do it, a male sibling usually tags along.
When the couple gets engaged (often three to four months after announcing their courtship), they may start holding hands. They can finally kiss at the altar, then they can have whatever physical contact they want.
Michelle explained to People why not rushing into physical contact is important to the Duggar family. “Emotions get heated the closer you get. You’re like two magnets being pulled together. You need boundaries,” she said. They feel like too much emotion doesn’t allow people to really get to know each other.
It’s not clear if the Duggar boys are beholden to the exact same rules as the girls when they court.
One controversial lesson that Michelle passes on to her daughters and not her sons is that they must always submit to their husbands in the bedroom. “Your hubby comes home after a hard day’s work, you get the baby to bed, and he is going to be looking forward to that time with you. Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls,” she said on the Today Show.
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