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Jessa Duggar Enters Courtship with Ben Seewald

Jessa Duggar Enters Courtship with Ben Seewald

Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald

Courtesy of Jim Bob Duggar

Could a Duggar daughter be preparing to start a family of her own?

Jessa Duggar, 20, the third daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of Tontitown, Ark.,has entered into a courtship with Ben Seewald, 18, who lives in nearby Hot Springs, Ark., PEOPLE confirms.

The couple’s relationship will be featured on the family’s TLC show, 19 Kids & Counting, which returns Tuesday at 9 p.m.

“We are so excited for Ben and Jessa,” Jim Bob, 48, tells PEOPLE. “They are enjoying getting to know each other and are recommending sermons to one another.”

So what are the differences between courtship and dating?

Jim Bob explains: “Courting is getting to know each other in a group setting, both families spending time together and the couple setting goals together to determine if they are meant to marry. With dating, a couple will often pair off alone and that sometimes leads to a more physical relationship.”

Jessa and Ben met in church, Jim Bob says, and then asked to correspond via text and on the phone. The Duggars agreed – and were kept in the conversation as the couple texted each other, mostly asking each other questions about theology and scripture.

“Jessa has a very steady personality,” says Michelle. “It has been interesting to watch their interactions because for her personality type, they share very similar beliefs. It has been fun to watch them and both of our phones are going off back and forth, ping, ping, ping.”

“Courtship is not just about having fun,” she continues. “You are really considering if this person could be your life partner – you pray about it and see what happens.”

Though other men have approached Jim Bob to ask if they could begin a relationship with Jessa – as well as his other older daughters – Jim Bob says that Ben is the first to make the cut.

“He’s the first one she has shown interest in that has a spiritual focus and legitimate calling about ministry work,” he says. “When a guy is pursing your daughter, you want to check him out and see if there are any red flags and with Ben, there hasn’t been. He is very sharp. It appears like a match made in heaven.”

Like her older brother, Josh, whose courtship with now-wife Anna was documented on their reality show, Jessa will save her first kiss for marriage.

“Dad allowed them to do a side hug when they were officially courting,” Michelle, 47, explains. “Jessa and Ben have said that was the only contact they would have, when they initially greet each other, when he comes to visit for their first hello, they have a quick 30 second or less side hug and a goodbye side hug and they agreed that would be the only contact they should have.”

“They want to wait on the physical relationship until later,” she adds. “If there is an engagement that comes about, they will work together on their goals and standards for that.”

Jessa Duggar Enters Courtship with Ben Seewald| Jim Bob Duggar, Michelle Duggar

Michelle and Jessa Duggar with Ben Seewald

Courtesy of Jim Bob Duggar

Jessa and three of her sisters – Jana, Jill and Jinger – have just completed the book Growing Up Duggar, to be released next year, about their relationships, including their thoughts about boys and what goes into deciding who and when to marry.

“It is sweet as a mom to watch Jessa go through this,” says Michelle. “She’s always been the organizer in our family unit and right now she is a little distracted. She and Ben are open to encourage others who may be considering relationships that you can stay orally pure and wait for the one God has for you and then on your wedding day, begin the physical aspects of your relationship.”

“All the girls are excited for Jessa,” says Jim Bob, whose other children are Joshua, 25 – who is married to Anna, 25 and has Mackynzie, 3, Michael, 2 and Marcus, 3 months –, twins Jana and John-David, 23; Jill, 22; Jinger, 19; Joseph, 18; Josiah, 17; Joy-Anna, 15; twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah, 14; Jason, 13; James, 12; Justin, 11; Jackson, 9; Johanna, 7; Jennifer, 6; and Jordyn, 4, and Josie, 3, who was born prematurely).

“All of our family is involved in this relationship. It is an exciting time.”


Source: Jessa Duggar Enters Courtship with Ben Seewald

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones: Son Struggling With Marriage Split

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones: Son Struggling With Marriage Split

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40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala - ArrivalsMICHAEL Douglas and Catherine-Zeta Jones‘ 13-year-old son Dylan is struggling to cope with his parents’ split.

The teen apparently begged Michael not to leave — right before the actor was spotted haul­ing luggage out of the family’s New York City home on Sept. 5.

Michael assured Dylan that he was only going to be away from him for a short time and that he would see him again soon, according to American tabloid the National Enquirer.

“Michael told Dylan, ‘Son, no matter what happens, I would never leave you. Never!’” a source said.

“He doesn’t quite understand everything that’s going on right now.

“Both Michael and Catherine have tried to explain to him that they’re ‘taking a break’ from one another.

“But he keeps asking ‘why’ – and he wants to know when they’ll be back together. Michael just shakes his head sadly and says, ‘I don’t know, son.’”

Catherine has put her husband on notice that she’ll fight for custody of Dylan and his sister, Carys, 10, if he files for divorce.

“Carys was also upset when her daddy left, but not as much as Dylan,” said the source.

“He and Michael have a very close bond while Carys is closer to her mother.

“Michael has already made peace with the notion of handing over a huge chunk of his fortune, but he’s tell­ing friends Catherine will get the kids ‘over my dead body’.”

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Source: Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones: Son Struggling With Marriage Split

Identify the 3 Types of Parents Who Caring for their Children



Identify 3 Types of Parents When Caring for Children
Parents have their own way while raising their children. A recent study identified ways parents raise and care for their children. This study reveals three types of parenting that is often applied by parents to their children.
Approximately 24 percent of parents who become participants suspected to have type ‘terrier’. Parents with type terrier always wanted to be involved in their child’s life. They want to accompany their children in infancy.
Parents with parenting type terrier looks accompany children, ranging from dropping school, playing with children, to undergo the same hobbies with their children. In essence, they want to stay close to their child during infancy.


Identify 3 Types of Parents When Caring for Children by Pakistani Modern Girl
Meanwhile, the other type is the type of ‘lion’. Type lion is different approach to raising their children. Parents with type lions teach their children self-sufficient from the beginning. They let children with imagination and his own world, and teach them to live independently.
Parents with this type of trust are that who cannot take part in any future child. Follow the child sustained only make them dependent and spoiled. For that, they let the kids have their own time to imagine. In the meantime, they can rest.
Research conducted by Capri Sun and Denise reveals three types of parenting, which is of type ‘penguin’. Parents with type penguins share responsibilities with each other to raise their children. When one parent is busy, its role was replaced by another. So on so the child remains was accompanied, however, both parents do not have to always be there.
Types of penguins are also typically make use of those closest to them like a grandfather, grandmother, uncles, or other relatives to keep their children, as reported by the Daily Mail (22/08). Researchers did not indicate which types are best for children. But in fact, involved with children in infancy is very important for parents. Not only formed a close bond, parents can also guide the child in infancy.
How about you, whether you are raising children the way belong to the above type? Share your opinion in the comments!


Source: Identify the 3 Types of Parents Who Caring for their Children

Diem Brown’s Blog: What Does It Mean to Be Fake?

After successfully battling ovarian cancer for the second time and sharing her journey on PEOPLE.com, Diem Brown is back to blogging. This time around, she will not only share updates on her own life, but about competing on her new show, MTV’s The Challenge: Rivals II.

What’s fake?

Wednesday’s episode of Rivals 2 on MTV was a pot-stirring challenge like I have never seen before. The trivia game held all the elements to make people turn quicker than a cut apple.

I found it hilarious that one question got everyone’s blood to boil. Not the “Who’s the trashiest in the house?” Nope, that question was laughed off … but answering “Who’s the fakest in the house?” had people going crazy!

“You’re fake.” That seems like a simple put-down, but for some reason, we all hate when those two words are used to define us. Personally, I think that’s the most overused insult. Whenever someone can’t pinpoint a person’s personality I feel the “you’re fake” card gets used.

People who don’t really know me have said that I’m too happy and too sweet and that it can’t be real. I have even had people who don’t know my background say, “Your smile shows me you have never gone through any hardships in your life; you are just naïve to the world.”

That one always got to me … I think to the sudden passing of my mom or having ovarian cancer twice. Yep, I guess you can say I’ve had a charmed life huh?!

What’s funny about that is I believe I have been exceptionally lucky and, in reality, I do feel like I’ve had a charmed life because of how my family has come together through every roadblock that’s been put in our way.

My mom’s passing was and is the most traumatic event in my life to date because losing a parent is one if the hardest things to get through emotionally. That’s why when I heard that lil Jasmine’s dad had passed away less than a month before the show started taping, I reached out to her and tried to offer some sayings that helped me get through it.

Albert Einstein said energy cannot be created or destroyed. It can only be changed from one form to another. So when someone passes as stated in fact their energy will still be here with you.

I’m a very faithful person but I wasn’t planning on going to heaven anytime soon to be with my mom, so that quote gave me so much comfort knowing that for a fact, my mom was still here with me.

Reaching Out to Jasmine

While on The Challenge, Jaz was having a hard time coping with her dad’s passing. We would spend nights talking and I thought it was healthy for her to feel safe to cry it out. Comfort is a basic human act and no matter what “game” is going on if someone is hurting, the natural reaction is to want to comfort that person in any way possible to help ease their pain.

I think because I have gotten so much comfort from practical strangers in past challenges, I feel this endless gratitude to repay the favor. After my first ovarian cancer battle I competed on The Duel weeks after completing chemo. The love and support I felt from people I had never met before was intoxicating, and that challenge helped my emotional recovery from cancer get the jump start I needed. There was never a pity party, but there was human compassion and support.

Coming into this challenge I must admit I had a yearning for my first after-chemo challenge experience. I was broken coming into Rivals2, I felt so beat up and I just wanted to feel right again. A part of me felt like competing would give me that kick start to emotionally recover. Silly assumption, I know, but when you are depressed or at a low point in your life, you grab for anything that might help bring you back up.

Do I fake happiness? No, I don’t feel I do. I’m on a journey to be grateful and on my low days or moments I do believe smiling tricks your mind’s serotonin in gear and the low moments are easier to deal with.

I smile because I will always choose happiness over sadness. It’s not because of being fake, but rather it’s because I made a choice to always fight for happiness no matter what’s thrown my way … Of course you have your down days but I won’t give up on the fight for happiness.

I wanted to comfort Jaz because she was dealing with real-life issues – she was hurting and I felt a connection on wanting to find an escape from pain. Some of the new girls might have seen this act or any other moments where I’ve tried to comfort someone “not in our alliance” as fake, and I find that laughable and immature.

It’s a game and a game is separate from real life pain. No matter who is hurting, if I see pain I am drawn to want to fix it. Normally I’m a very open and inviting person, but in this particular challenge I learned of some malicious intent from a competitor whose goal was to mentally break me, so on this challenge I was more closed off and defensive.

Like I said earlier, I felt broken coming into this challenge so someone seeing my weakness and wanting to use my open wounds against me was shocking. So naturally I stayed clear from this person, I wasn’t going to open up to them and give them more ammo. I simply avoided them as much as possible.

Is that fake? No, that’s self-preservation. I have never felt so targeted on a challenge and personally I feel kicking someone when they are down is incredibly vicious.

However, rather than approaching that person (like I normally would do) I decided to just avoid them and hangout with the people in the house that wanted to see my smile. People who didn’t mind if I was smiling from joy or smiling to stop the pain.

Be True to Yourself

Go ahead they call me fake. I know who I am and I see myself as a compassionate and yes emotional person fighting for happiness no matter! Yes, I am playing to win like everyone else there, but for me I had an internal battle as well.

You can’t control how others think of you and you can’t control how others treat you. All you can do is be true to yourself and true to the coping mechanism that work for you.

Remember, no one can label you. You choose who you are! Never let other people’s labeling of you bring you down.

Follow me on Twitter @DiemBrownMTV and on Instagram @DiemBrown.


Source: Diem Brown’s Blog: What Does It Mean to Be Fake?


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