When Toxicity Demands a Break

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In case you haven't noticed, I'm taking a bit of a break from my series on To Train Up a Child. It was just starting to get to me, delving into it like that week after week. Don't worry, the series will be back once I've had a bit of a breather.In the meantime, have a dose of laughing babies to wash the Pearls' parenting advice out of your system: … [Read more...]

TTUAC: Bad Attitudes Are a Disease

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To Train Up A Child, chapter 13, part 3Today we finish the chapter on "attitude training." WHY IS EVERYBODY ALWAYS PICKING ON ME?While I teach a Bible class, my two daughters help baby-sit a house full of children under five (five children under five is a house full). One of the mothers returned to find her three-year-old daughter whining of being mistreated by a little fellow under two. They all confirmed that the stumbling toddler had in fact provoked a class-A-altercation without … [Read more...]

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...]

TTUAC: Attitude Training, Beatings, and Lydia Schatz

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To Train Up A Child, chapter 12, part 1And at last, here we are. "Attitude Training." I have really not been looking forward to this section of the book. As I think I've mentioned before, I was raised on the Pearls' child training methods, and it was the attempt to control my attitude---my thoughts and my emotions---that stung the most. As we will see, it was also this focus on attitude that led to the death of Lydia Schatz. KEEPING LITTLE HEARTSThe attitude of your children is far more … [Read more...]

TTUAC: Child Labor (or, Who Needs Academics?)

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To Train Up A Child, chapter 12We are now to Michael's chapter titled "Child Labor." I've decided to cover this chapter in one post even though there are two main topics covered here---first, the importance of hyper-gendering children's chores, and second, the relative importance of manual labor and academic instruction (By now, you can probably guess which one is highly valued and which one is devalued). Trust me, you don't want to miss either section!So let's get started! Gendering … [Read more...]

TTUAC: Bed Wetting, Cold Hoses, and Hana Williams

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To Train Up A Child, chapter 11In the coverage of Hana Williams, a lot of contradictory claims about To Train Up A Child were thrown around. On the one hand were claims that the book advises parents to give their children cold baths or shut them out in the cold as punishment. On the other hand were fans of Michael Pearl and his child training methods calling this a blatant falsehood and claiming that anyone who saw abuse in To Train Up A Child must not have actually read the book. I sat in th … [Read more...]

TTUAC: Snap To It!

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To Train Up A Child, chapter 10, part 2 This week we finish Michael’s chapter on “safety training.” In this section we see more about the lengths to which Michael will go to make children convenient above all else. GET OUT FASTLast winter, my two girls, nine and eleven, were riding with me in the old 4x4 Army truck. The gravel road was bumpy and rough. When I made a stop at an intersection, I heard the two, twelve-volt batteries, which are located right behind the seats, shortout and beg … [Read more...]


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