Child Marriage and the Rest of the Maranatha Story

Lauren

Maranatha's courtship story has been told and retold in homeschooling circles at least since the 1990s, and is held up by many as an ideal. But there's one thing that is routinely left out of the story. Just how old was Maranatha Owen when she married Matthew Chapman at the culmination of a parent-guided courtship/betrothal process?We often think about child marriage as something that happens in other countries, but not here. I've generally thought of it that way too, even with my … [Read more...]

TTUAC: If You Love Your Children, You Will Beat Them

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To Train Up A Child, chapter 5, part 1We just finished chapter 4, "Tying Strings." Today we begin chapter 5, "The Rod." In this first section we look at how Michael disarms parental conscience by telling parents that God has commanded them to apply the rod to their child, and that if they truly love their children they therefore most do it whether they feel it is right or not. "I LOVE MY BABY TOO MUCH TO SPANK HIM"I observed a child possessed of continual discontent. His mother was … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Michael Explains about Women’s Monthly Cycles!

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A Guest Post by AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need a Help Meet, pp. 90---92Last post we introduced Mr. Steady. According to Michael, he typifies Jesus Christ, but I've disagreed. Today we're talking about...wait for it...women's periods, and how they affect husbands. Yup. You read it here first. Michael's biology lesson isn't to help husbands understand the hormonal reactions so he can empathize with his (possibly) PMS-ing wife. Not. At. All. Michael gives us this … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Alix on Civility and Confrontation

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Reader Alix and I disagreed last week in a comment thread about the role of things like personal attacks in argument with those with whom you disagree. As you may know, my comment policy makes certain requirements of those who comment here. This is my blog, and as such I set the rules. Alix and I still disagree on a few particulars, but I offered er the chance to write a guest post on the topic. Here it is. A Guest Post by AlixLet me tell you a story.Way back, years ago (before I had … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Daycare Is Adopting Your Kid Out

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 184---185We are still in Debi's chapter on loving one's children. Last week we got to the first part of the chapter that actually contained some actually good advice. This had to do with the importance of a mother working one on one with her children, and teaching them little things all through the day---what goes in soup, how to sound words out, and how to fold laundry. I really did like that Debi said a mother should work directly with an individual child … [Read more...]

And Bobby Wore Heels

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I was getting ready to check out at the second-hand children's clothing shop when I realized I had a problem. When we had first arrived at the store Bobby had brought me a pair of white heeled girls' dress shoes just his size and had asked me to put them on him (he doesn't really have words yet, but that doesn't mean he can't communicate!). So I had, and he'd been running around in them with smiling from ear to ear ever since. And now that it was time to go, well, now he wouldn't let me take … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Traditions Anyone?

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Thanksgiving is upon us, so I thought I would open a thread for swapping Thanksgiving traditions! Since Sean and I generally take the kids to relatives' homes for Thanksgiving we haven't really developed any traditions specific to us, but I have good memories of quite a number of Thanksgiving traditions from my childhood. I'll highlight two of these traditions to get us started.First, my mother would put two kernels of corn on each plate before the meal began. We would all sit down and look … [Read more...]


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