Self Preservation and Mental Health

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by Sarah Henderson cross posted from her blog Feminist in Spite of ThemIn my last post, I made a brief mention of how living in a state of survival affected my mental health. I thought it would be a good idea to expand on this issue, because in my opinion it is the crux of why having quiverfull families and homeschooling in chaos is abusive to the children involved.As I have mentioned before, doing something that causes harm to your child is abusive regardless of your intentions or religious justification. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Movies Help Sabotage Your Childs Future?

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by Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy Ministries - Six Ways Parents Destroy Their Children If you view old TV programs made 50 years ago of families relating to one another, they look like today’s ideal Christian homeschool family. Daddy is respected and honored and Mother is cherished. Family problems were always resolved with good cheer and forgiveness. Teenage morality was taken for granted. The future was bright and full of hope, and there was no state of rebellion in the kids. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Scream at Your Children?

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From Salon quoting Glenn Beck's recent show - Glenn Beck: Scream at your children until they believe in God.  Glenn Beck branched out on Wednesday from his usual political conspiracy crazy-making to dispense some terrible parenting advice. You see, Beck believes that parents should use verbal abuse and physical intimidation to teach their children that their rights “come from God” by getting “in their face” and making them cry. … [Read more...]

(Not) An Open Letter to the Pearls

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by Samantha cross posted from her blog Defeating the Dragons and Homeschoolers AnonymousSamantha Field blogs at Defeating the Dragons, and she was recently featured in a Christianity Today story entitled, “Finding Faith After Spiritual Indoctrination.” This piece was originally published on her own blog, and is reprinted with her permission. Also by Samantha on HA: “We Had To Be So Much More Amazing” and “The Supposed Myth of Teenaged Adolescence.” … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: In Which Debi Pearl Explains…

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...how linking To Train Up a Child to the death of Hana Grace Williams is the same as Hitler's Big Lie.by Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy Ministries -   A Call to Stand Hitler’s propagandists used one of Satan’s choice tools to pull off the biggest crime toward mankind in the history of the world. They used a lie. They taught that if you tell a lie and keep repeating it enough, people will eventually come to believe it. And when they believe—truly believe—it will turn them into activists who will bring it to pass. … [Read more...]

Thank You, Dad

by AJ cross posted from her blog I am PhoenixDad,Thank you for showing me who I am not.Age fiveYou beat me with a rod because I laughed when my baby brother shot peas out of his mouth and laughed. My baby brother wasn't obeying you when told to eat neatly, and you said he was old enough to have the devil beat out of him. You said the next one who laughed when my baby brother spit peas onto his high chair would get the rod. The next one was me. So you beat me with a wooden rod. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Don’t Allow Any Emotional Moments?

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by Zsuzsanna Anderson of Are They All Yours? - Q & A Answers Part 2 How do you deal with (1) whining/complaining, (2) arguing with parental directions, (3) poor attiudes (sulking, etc.) in response to chores, food, parental decisions, etc., (4) tantrums. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Corporal Punishment?

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by Zsuzsanna Anderson from her blog Are They All Yours? -Just Take Away Their Electronic Gadgets Another teacher in the classroom was having an issue with one of the students being disruptive in class. Exasperated, the teacher "punished" him by moving him somewhere else, to which the student defiantly replied, "If you move me, I am just going to talk wherever you move me to!" … [Read more...]

Baptist ‘Boot Camps’ in Need of Watchful Eyes

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by Cindy Foster cross posted from her blog Baptist Taliban and Beyond(Editor's note: This was originally published on Baptist Taliban and Beyond on September 14, 2011 but the issue remains a crucial one in recovery as long as places like these and Hephzibah House remain open. The physical and emotional damage to children continues as long as these places exist.) … [Read more...]

TTUAC: Introduction—Laying out the Goal

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism To Train Up A Child, introduction   You probably know that I’ve been writing a page-by-page review of Debi Pearl’s manual on how to be a good wife, Created To Be His Help Meet. I’ve decided to begin doing the same for Michael and Debi Pearl’s child training manual, To Train Up A Child. Because the text is available online, I’m going to quote the entire thing over the course of this series rather than just excerpts. The end product will be the text of To Train Up A Child, with my commentary. I will be posting a new excerpt each Monday. … [Read more...]


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