If you watch Jill & Jessa: Counting On online, you know that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar remain as strict as ever with regard to pre-marital contact.
Literally, and otherwise.
When it comes to intimacy between their many daughters and the girls' parentally-approved suitors, there is little or none to be had.
Some would argue that the parents should have invested some of that energy into limiting conflict between the girls and their brother.
But that's a conversation for another time. Anyway ...
The well-documented Duggar rules of courtship stipulate that there is to be no hand-holding without a ring on the finger. Seriously.
Also, no "front hugs" (side hugs are permitted) until the wedding, and no un-chaperoned pre-marital contact of any kind.
And you thought your school night curfew was strict.
In a new edition of the Duggars kids' book, Growing Up Duggar, Jessa reveals that she and husband Ben Seewald were very, very bad.
Well, relatively speaking of course ...
We hope you're sitting down for this, but they actually violated the rules of courtship on several occasions in the months prior to their marriage:
“The day Ben and I started courting, we began our tradition of calling each other on the phone every night. These were such special times."
"These calls were not ‘chaperoned,'" Jessa admits.
"They were private just between the two of us.”
Just how scandalous are we talking about!?
“We would talk about everything from how our day went, to what we had ben learning from our Bible reading," she recalls.
"Then just anything else that we want to talk about."
Yeah ... brazenly immoral stuff, right?
Okay, so the Duggar kids (with the exception of cousin Amy, who doesn't really count) remain about as rebellious as a kale salad.
Still, as many fans have pointed out, this is nothing new for Jessa and Ben, who pushed the boundaries (however slightly) from the onset.
In actuality, the young parents of Spurgeon broke just about every one of the family's famous courtship rules when they first met.
First they held hands during a family prayer session - a move that did not go unnoticed by family patriarch Jim Bob.
Shortly thereafter, they engaged in the dreaded front hug.
Jim Bob wasn't on hand for that one, but he was reportedly cool with it, as the couple was already on the verge of getting hitched.
And people say he's strict to the point of forever warping the way his kids view sex and relationships!