Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell are engaged! However, unlike the typical American couple, these two haven’t even kissed yet -- per Duggar rules. Nonetheless, just like Josh’s younger sister, Joy-Anna, who’s engagement to Austin Forsyth brought along a new set of Duggar relationship standards, Joe will be able to engage in some new PDA privileges now that he’s put a ring on it! Click through to find out what he and his fiancée can and cannot do!
Can they hold hands?
That’s a yes! Once a Duggar either puts a ring on it or gets a ring on it, they are now allowed to hold hands with their significant others. #SmallWins
What about texting? Are Jim Bob and Michelle still requiring Joe and Kendra to text each other in a group chat that they monitor? (Yes, Mom and Dad Duggar ask to be added to all text messages that their kids send to their partner while they're courting)
Well, that’s to be determined. While Jim Bob and Michelle are known to give a bit more privacy in the communication department once a Duggar child is engaged, their decision whether to allow private texts seems to be done on a case-by-case basis.
Are private phone calls a thing?
Just like texting, Jim Bob and Michelle keep a close eye (well, in this case, ear) on all their children’s calls with their boyfriend/girlfriend when they’re courting (they even listen in on Skype calls). However, an engagement does grant some more privacy as some Duggar girls have said that their parents loosen the reigns a bit, when it comes to allowing them private phone time, once their engaged.
Are side-hugs a thing of the past?
Now that, we’ll have to wait and see. As OK! readers know, in a clip from the upcoming season of Counting On, Joy-Anna and her then fiancé looked like they shared a little more than the usual Duggar side hug. #Rebels
How about keeping up the Duggar tradition of chaperoned dates?
Joe and Kendra technically aren’t subject to chaperoned dates, but if Joe’s anything like his sisters, he’ll probably opt for one, just to make sure he’s not tempted.
What about smooching?
Oh no, kissing is still off limits until marriage.
Any “Hanky Panky?” (I don’t have to spell that out for you)
Come on, now -- that’s a definite no! Not until the honeymoon!
What do you think of the Duggar’s engagement rules? Sound off in the comments!