Hugs before dating

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A study on child welfare commissioned by the White House in the early 1930s found that outside school activities, the average urban teen spent four nights per week engaging in unsupervised recreation with his or her friends.Their activities included dating—going to watch vaudeville shows or movies, going for ice cream or Coca-Colas (“coking”), going to dances organized by schools or thrown, impromptu, in a classmate’s basement, and simply piling into a car together and cruising around.

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caught up with Jim Bob and Michelle to learn more about their views on courting.

As Michelle pointed out, “love is in the air” in the Duggar household this spring.

Rule 1: Courting is not dating; it’s “dating with a purpose.” There are two main distinctions that make dating different than courting, says Jim Bob.

Ironically, the more they gave their children, the less influence they exerted over them. As young people started spending less time with their families and more time with one another, they created their own culture.

Petting was part of it, and helped prepare kids for a world that was changing faster than their parents could keep up with. By the 1920s, more than three-quarters of American teens attended.

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