CTBHHM: “He will be your head, and you will follow him”

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Created To Need His Help Meet, pp. 229---231We now begin Debi's chapter on being obedient to one's husband. In this first section, Debi mainly just quotes Bible verses, and then interprets them for her readers. In this post I'll touch on some issues of interpretation, but I'll also bring out some other pieces that come up, including a passage that sheds light on Debi's view of the role of daughters, and more on Michael's view of church authority.Debi begins with a definition: Obedient: … [Read more...]

TTUAC: If Your Child Is Roughed-Up, Rejoice!

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To Train Up A Child, chapter 13, part 2In this post, we continue Michael's chapter on "attitude training." Trigger warning for bullying victims, because if it wasn't painfully obvious from the title, Michael's about to go there. PARENTAL PROTOTYPESNever expect more of your children in the way of attitude than you are yourself. Happy, well balanced parents who neglect the rod and reproof will have grouchy, complaining, tantrum-oriented children. But, in a situation where one or both of … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Everything That Is Wrong With Your Wife

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By AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 158---159Last post I was rather in shock because I agreed with Michael the entire section. Well, not to worry because he's back to his old self in this section. There's a heavy dose of "what's wrong with the woman" and everyone's favourite scripture passage. And by everyone's, I mean Michael's. Here we go! Spots, Wrinkles, and BlemishesThe ministry of Christ to his bride is that of removing spots, w … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Be Entrepreneurs . . . but only at Home!

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 220---227In this passage we turn back to women and work, and Proverbs 31. Men value hardworking women who are eager to learn how to do new things. No man wants to be saddled with a slow, incompetent wife. I have often heard my sons and their friends talking about what they wanted in a wife. They all agreed that they did not want to marry "a maintenance chick." No young man wants to marry "a lazy, visiting, 'gotta eat out' gal."All men agree on this one … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Wow! Michael Is Right!

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By AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 157---158Today is a super-short section. It's super short for two reasons: one, because I'm in the middle of a marathon of "Call the Midwives" on Netflix. Two, because I'm dying of shock. Michael makes a good point, and lets it be. He doesn't surround it with toxic nonsense. He doesn't blame the woman. He doesn't name call. He doesn't even boast. Just straight-forward, good advice---albeit centered in … [Read more...]

TTUAC: Attitude Training, Beatings, and Lydia Schatz

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To Train Up A Child, chapter 12, part 1And at last, here we are. "Attitude Training." I have really not been looking forward to this section of the book. As I think I've mentioned before, I was raised on the Pearls' child training methods, and it was the attempt to control my attitude---my thoughts and my emotions---that stung the most. As we will see, it was also this focus on attitude that led to the death of Lydia Schatz. KEEPING LITTLE HEARTSThe attitude of your children is far more … [Read more...]

Teaching Consent to Small Children

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A friend and I were out with our kids when another family's two-year-old came up. She began hugging my friend's 18-month-old, following her around and smiling at her. My friend's little girl looked like she wasn't so sure she liked this, and at that moment the other little girl's mom came up and got down on her little girl's level to talk to her."Honey, can you listen to me for a moment? I'm glad you've found a new friend, but you need to make sure to look at her face to see if she likes it … [Read more...]


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