CTNAHM: Every Man Will Lose His Wife—Unless He Follows Michael’s Advice

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A Guest Post by AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 131---132We are still contrasting the three types of men. Today, though, we're going into depth about the weaknesses and strengths of Mr. Command, the Visionary, and Mr. Steady. Michael even makes some decent points. Contrasting the Three TypesEach type has extremes in how he relates to his wife. Good advice to one type would be inappropriate for a man of a different nature. It is important … [Read more...]

Emotion Control

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Michael and Debi Pearl's five children are now raising children of their own. Each says they are following the same methods their father laid out in To Train Up A Child, which he first published in 1994, and several of them have begun writing regularly for the No Greater Joy newsletter. As I read their articles, I often wonder whether they are adding their own spin to their father's childrearing methods.The Pearls have begun applying this three-part personality system to children. A recent a … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Do Women Have Types?

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You're probably wondering where today's Created To Be His Help Meet post is. I have some sad news---there won't be one, technically speaking. I cannot find my copy of the book, and believe me, I have looked everywhere! I have ordered a new copy (you can get them cheap if you buy them used) in case I do not find my copy, so your regularly scheduled installment will be back next Friday.I'm not going to let this break in my review series go to waste, though. I want to take some time to address … [Read more...]

Breaking: Bill Gothard Placed on Administrative Leave

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WORLD magazine has just reported that the IBPL board of directors has placed Bill Gothard on "administrative leave." According to WORLD, the board of directors is now investigating the allegations of sexual harassment and worse, which I reported on several weeks ago.Only time will tell where things go from here. I sincerely hope the IBLP board of directors will take the allegations seriously and that Bill Gothard's culture of leader worship will be broken. There is part of me, though, that w … [Read more...]

“Mom, school is boring!” Musings of a Homeschool Grad Turned Conventional School Mother

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Sally recently declared school "boring." There's little that has made my stomach lurch as much as that simple proclamation. This homeschool graduate grew up hearing that going to school stifles curiosity and turns children into sardines and lab rats rather than creating innovative thinkers. My position on formal schooling shifted as I met graduates of public school in college and formed a more nuanced view of the subject, but the idea that attending school will rob my daughter of free thinking … [Read more...]

“Those are for Boys!” and Other Stories

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Two days ago I wrote about gender and confirmation bias and some of my own experiences as I raise my two young children, one girl and one boy. There's a lot I didn't write and there will be more posts on this topic to come, but I wanted to take a moment to highlight a few of the comments on that post, as many of my readers weighed in with their own experiences, either as children themselves or raising children today. Feel free to add more of your own stories in the … [Read more...]

Guest Post: The Many Valuable Lessons I Learned at ATI

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A guest post by LauraOriginally posted on Homeschoolers' AnonymousThe 14 years I spent as a student in Bill Gothard's ATI taught me many valuable lessons for my life. Here are some of the highlights:* Parents are always right.* Men are always right. Therefore, your father is double-right.* Getting out from under the “umbrella of authority” means you will have many problems, including being raped. (Not sure what the warning is for boys who get out from under their umbrellas. I’ … [Read more...]


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