Be Still My Heart: Crushes and Guy-Girl Friendships

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By some quirk, the families we spent the most time with all had girls my age, and no boys my age whatsoever. I don't know why this was the case, because it wasn't like my mom was intentionally avoiding befriending people who had sons my age. Yes, there were a few families with boys my age in our homeschool community, and occasionally we were in the same co-ops with them. But in my family, it was difficult to form friendships with kids if their parents weren't friends of my parents, so I never … [Read more...]

TTUAC: Short-Circuiting Children’s Natural Development

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To Train Up A Child, pp. We now start chapter 2, "Childish Nature: Understanding a child's natural development." To be perfectly honest, I'm finding this chapter confusing and unclear, but I'll do my best here to untangle it. "BEHOLD, THE SECOND WOE"! Just last night while sitting in a meeting, I looked over to see a young mother struggling with her small child. He seemed determined to make her life as miserable as possible---and destroy her reputation in the process. She had the "Why m … [Read more...]

The Botkins: Don’t Let Children Roll Their Eyes

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Ahab of the Republic of Gilead has begun reviewing the Botkins' Ready for Life webinar. I suggest you read his first installment in its entirety. Ahab's analysis is really quite good, and he includes numerous direct quotes. I wanted to highlight this quote, and add a little commentary: Discipline is not an option in your home. You have to bring discipline and order to your home. Disobedience is not an option in your home. Children cannot disobey parents, ever, either outwardly or passively. … [Read more...]

Guest Post: A Courtship Story, Part 4: The Singing Again

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A Guest Post by MelissaOriginally posted on Permission to LiveNote: I'm reposting Melissa's series, originally written in February 2011, with her permission. Why now? Put simply, because it was one of the first things that came to my mind when I heard about Jessa Duggar courting. This is something I wish she could read. This is for Jessa. For all the posts in this series, click here.  We had a good time talking and getting more comfortable being around each other that first day of … [Read more...]

The Camping Trailer (and a Shunning)

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It was a small popup camping trailer. I've having trouble describing it now because I'm having trouble remembering it. I was seven---or maybe eight. We were fairly new to homeschooling and my mom was still getting to know the other homeschool moms in our community. We were over to the Hulls' house for a visit. I don't remember how many kids they had, but it was a lot. There were two girls, and then a boy my age, and then three or or younger children. At the time, there were five kids in my own … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Treat Your Wife Like the Weaker Vessel She Is

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A Guest Post by AlethaOriginally Posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 54I hope y'all are ready for a whole lot of Bible. Because even though this section is 4 paragraphs long, it packs in a LOT of scripture. I Need Her to Cover Me In PrayerIt is essential that "husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together in the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. (1 Peter 3 … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Divine Lovers and Desperate Castration

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 164---167We're still in the chapter on loving your husband, which means this week is going to be all about sex once again. No woman loves her husband if she does not seek to please  him in this most important area. If you are not interested in sex, then at least be interested in him enough to give him good sex. If you are not loving your man, you are in danger of blaspheming the word of God---"to love their husbands." The Bible says, "Therefore to him that … [Read more...]


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