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...]

The Valentine’s Day Disaster

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I started this post several months ago, but never finished it. Given the conversation here on the blog lately about setting limits for children and saying "no," I thought I'd finish it and post it, because it seems relevant. The events in this post happened last February, right before Valentine's Day. I'm not going to finish with a lesson or moral, I'm just going to tell the story of one evening.It all started when I took four-year-old Sally and one-year-old Bobby to the dollar store after I … [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...]

Self-Motivation and External Consequences

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Unlike most of my parenting posts, this one is going to be high on theory and low on anecdotes. This discussion---which focuses on what it means that an adult or child "has to" do this or that---was prompted by reader Rebecca Horne in the comments section of my post on how I teach my daughter that "sometimes you have to do things you don't want to do." I want to start by saying that I don't have all of the answers, and that this is more of a thinking post than something that is fully settled in … [Read more...]

My Sister, Joy—and Me

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Regular readers are often curious about my younger siblings. Half of my siblings have come of age and left the nest, and the other half of them are still at home. Those who are grown have chosen a variety of different paths. Sometimes I've pitched in and helped a sibling out with leaving or getting started on their own, but the process has generally been fairly smooth, both because my siblings have been given a solid academic foundation and because my parents have not been vindictive.But I … [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...]


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