Failing to Understand the Dynamics of Abuse: Focus on the Family on Adrian Peterson and Corporal Punishment

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Yesterday, Time Magazine's parenting section featured an article by Focus on the Family's Jared Pingleton. The article, titled "Spanking Can Be an Appropriate Form of Discipline," addresses the controversy surrounding Adrian Peterson's suspension from the Minnesota Vikings on pending child abuse charges after leaving open lacerations on his son. In his article, Pingleton makes a case for corporal punishment while clearly calling Peterson's actions abuse.Pingleton begins his article with this … [Read more...]

“A Mommy and What Else?”

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When my mother was in grade school, her teacher asked each child to share what they wanted to be when they grew up. When the question came around the room to my mother, she said she wanted to be a mommy. "A mommy and what else?" her teacher asked her. My mother recounted this story to me many times, using at as an example of the evil feminist indoctrination of girls against their god-given maternal impulses that takes place in public schools. This teacher did not consider simply being a mother … [Read more...]

The Real Lesson of My Story

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Quick Libby Anne, rewrite the ending of your story, it's not playing well with Christian test audiences!A regular left this comment on my post about the Duggars, in response to comments from Christians suggesting that my own apostasy was proof that college turns people into atheists and that the Duggars are right to keep their kids from college. Yes, this commenter was being sarcastic in her suggestion that I rewrite my story. But frankly, it is this more than anything else that originally ga … [Read more...]

Are You Crunchy Enough?

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A couple of weeks ago we ran into a family at the park. We'd run into them several times before, and Sally had taken to their daughter, Ella. This time we learned that Ella will be attending kindergarten at the same school as Sally this fall. After we left the park, I remarked to Sean that it might be good to have this family over---that we might get on well with them. "But then, I don't know how crunchy she is," I added. I was referring to Ella's mother, and Sean asked what I meant. The truth i … [Read more...]

What If My Children Adopted My Parents’ Beliefs?

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Every so often, I get a comment like this on my blog: Dear Libby Anne,You state that you are an atheist. What would you do if one of your children choose the lifestyle your parents have---if he/she states that you are totally wrong in not believing in god? Would you support or accept his/ her choices? Would you feel betrayed in everything you taught them (e.g. critical thinking) because they don't think it to be the right way for them? What if he/she decides to leave the decision of family … [Read more...]

Different Choices—Not a Betrayal

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It happened again today. Someone from back home asked me if Sally and Bobby were going to be followed by eleven more siblings. There's an expectation some have people---even among church people not in conservative homeschooling circles---that I will follow among my parents' footsteps and have a dozen or so children. They assume it's what I want, even though I never told them I wanted that and I've been grown up and away from home for close to ten years now. And when I say it's not, they are … [Read more...]

Oh Noes! Little Kids Might Learn Gay People Exist!

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So, I recently came upon a Family Research Council video from 2008. Yes, it's a bit dated, but I watched it anyway. The entire thing was Tony Perkins talking with parents of two young elementary school students (one in kindergarten, one in second grade) whose teachers used age-appropriate materials to teach children about gay and lesbian individuals as part of coursework on diversity.Perkins talked about how "confusing" it is for young children to be introduced to "homosexuality," and … [Read more...]


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