People maganize did an interview with Ben's parents Michael and Guinn right after the engagment news was revealed.
"When Michael and I had Ben, he was a great baby, but he was a real handful as a toddler," Guinn, 40, told PEOPLE. "He was very adventurous. He was a very opinionated kid."
Ben is the oldest child of Michael and Guinn. He has six youner siblings.
"He is mature and always has been," his father, Michael, 39, said. "We have tried to treat him like an adult growing up. He did kid things, but with adulthood in view. He has had that his whole life."
"He is ... doing well," Guinn said. "He is handling a full plate right now."
Like her brother and sister, Ben and Jessa decided to wait to hold hands until they were engaged.
"There is nothing in the Bible that says 'thou shalt court,' " Guinn said. "But we have raised our kids to know that someone else's heart is like a treasure, and you want to be careful with that other person and treat them with great respect. There is no perfect pattern. Treat other people as a gift. Honor God and your relationship."
"Jessa and I found out that Jill and Derick were bribing the younger Duggar kids with Skittles payment to be chaperones for them," Ben told PEOPLE this summer. "We had no idea that's why they had such an easier time of getting chaperones."
"How many kids they have is Ben and Jessa's decision, and they can figure that out," Michael said.
"I was the same age as Ben when I was going through the same thing," Michael said. "For me, it helped to mature me. A committed relationship does a lot to mature a young man. It does make them grow up a little bit. I can see that happening to Ben already." People asked Michael and Guinn what they feel about Jessa who will be marrying into the family