Duggar Daughter Courting: Jill’s First ‘Side Hug’ With New Beau While Dad Jim Bob Chaperones

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May 13 2014, Published 2:14 p.m. ET

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The first time we touched, dad was there!

Jill Duggar’s “courtship” with Derick Dillard is being heavily monitored by her conservative Christian parents, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, but for the first time the couple actually are finally allowed to have some physical intimacy with a “side hug.”

In this sneak peek of 19 Kids and Counting obtained by while Dad Jim Bob supervises their romance, Jill and Derick are trying to get to know each other better in Nepal.

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“You don’t want to be too strict but you don’t want to be too liberal either, just letting them do whatever,” Jim Bob said about how much control he is going to have over his daughter’s relationship.

“I encouraged them to set their own standards as they’re getting to know each other.”

But he sat and watched as Derick put his arm around Jill for the “side hug.”

“We had actually talked about it first, before we met,” Jill explained.

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“A side hug is a good medium between super closeness and too distant.”

Check out the intimate first hug as Jill gets to know Derick courting and tune into 19 Kids and Counting on TLC Tuesday at 9/8c.



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