“I Just Don’t Ask Them for Anything, Ever”


I was watching the movie Tangled with my family when we came to the scene where Repunzel is nervously trying to get up the courage to ask her mother (who is actually her abductor, though she does not know that) if she can go and see the lights on her birthday. I turned to my teenage sister Hope and whispered to her."Do you ever feel like that when you want to ask mom and dad something?""Yeah, so I just don't ask them for anything, ever," she whispered back.In many ways, my parents … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: You’re Not a Leader, But Lead Your Family!


A Guest Post by AlethaOriginally Posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need a Help Meet, pp. 104---105 We are getting near the end of the Mr. Steady chapter. Personally, I can't wait to be done with the sections on types. Anyway, today Michael is summing up Mr. Steady's character, and offering advice about how to be better (read: be more commanding).Five T's of a Steady manTell Take action Teach Talk TargetTell her what is on your mind---every day, every night Wow. … [Read more...]

Beyond Modeling a Healthy Body Image

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"Ugh, I hate my body." I was standing in front of a mirror, scrutinizing my middle. I still haven't quite lost the last of the weight I gained while pregnant with Bobby. My statement was followed by a sudden realization that Sally was standing in the room. I don't know if she heard what I said, but the shock of realizing that she could have hit me in the gut---and made me feel almost panicky. I can't do this anymore, I realized. Sally is watching, Sally is listening, and Sally is learning from me … [Read more...]

Duck Dynasty Star Endorsed Child Marriage in 2009


It has just come out that Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, so recently suspended over homophobic and racist comments and then reinstated after backlash from his supporters, endorsed child marriage in a sermon in 2009. At a Sportsmen’s Ministry talk in 2009, Robertson had some advice for a young man.“Make sure that she can cook a meal, you need to eat some meals that she cooks, check that out,” he said. “Make sure she carries her Bible. That’ll save you a lot of trouble down the road. And if … [Read more...]

TTUAC: Guilt, Self Loathing, and Punishment, Oh My!

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To Train Up A Child, chapter 5 part 4We're still in the chapter called "the rod." Last week we learned that children want to be "whipped," and this week and the two following we will learn more of what Michael means by that. SELF-LOATHING CLARIFIEDFor clarification, I will give my definition of "self-loathing." In the extraordinary ignorance of modern psychology, there exists the assumption that man's major problem is "not loving himself." This comes from a failure to understand the … [Read more...]

Teddy Foltz-Tedesco and HSLDA’s Blindness


Last week an Ohio state senator introduced S.B. 248, a bill designed to prevent homeschooling from being used to hide child abuse. HSLDA responded predictably. It is true that this particular bill, which has already been withdrawn, went too far. It would have required the name of each homeschooler to be run through a statewide child welfare information database to flag those with a concerning history of social services investigations, which is good, but it would have also required each parent … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: How Dominant Wives Destroy Daughters

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A Guest Post by AlethaOriginally Posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 102---104Well, we are in for a treat today! Having spent the last few weeks talking about Mr. Steady, now we are talking about the horrors that come from dominant mothers. Specifically, how mothers that are in control screw up the chances for daughters to get married. As an added bonus, Michael attempts to use cool-kid phrasing. I hope you're ready. Dominant Mamas and Dawdling DaddiesWe … [Read more...]