Zero Tolerance: Manly Temper or Ungodly Outburst

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by S.J. Reidhead cross posted from her blog The Pink Flamingo The Anger Buster Rap by Barbara Gruener When anger chooses me, here’s an important fact: I always get to choose exactly how I’ll react. I don’t need to fight or shout, pout and cry; I have some healthy strategies for management I try. I write or draw or count to ten, I talk it out or go outside to play. I take deep breaths or exercise until my anger goes away. So when anger chooses you, and it will, that’s a fact! Why not try my healthy ways to help you react. … [Read more...]

Re-Post: I Am Not My Parents

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by Melissa cross posted from her blog Permission To Live This post was originally published in May of 2011. I’ll admit, I still go back to read this post on occasion. Because the fear of hurting my kids is so overwhelming at times, I need that reminder that I am not doomed to repeat the past, that change is not only possible, it is already happening.   … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: What is Normal Exactly?

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by Shoshanna Pearl Easling from No Greater Joy - Yes! I Am Normal … [Read more...]

The Homeschool Myth

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open Ground In my last post on emotional abuse in homeschooling, I wrote this:The reason I connect this to homeschooling is that homeschooling made the shit seem natural, the way that it was ought to be. In the comment section of that post, one reader writes: … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Child Training

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by Shalom Pearl Brand in No Greater Joy magazine - Steps to Obedience … [Read more...]

Part 2 – Navigating the Justice System: When My Parents Went to Court

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by Sarah Henderson cross posted from her blog Feminist in Spite of ThemThis part of Navigating the Justice System deals with a time in my life when my parents went to court and I didn't, but I am including it in the middle of a three part series since it hinges them together. Here is what happened when my parents went to court: … [Read more...]

What Lens Do The Duggar Kids See Through?

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open Ground Recently one of the girls I once babysat called me on phone. She wanted to talk about something that happened in the past between us. I miss her and her family, but mostly, when I look back, I feel pain. … [Read more...]

Why the Homeschool Movement Was So Frightening

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by Lana Hope cross posted from her blog Wide Open Ground The stories on Homeschoolers Anonymous have been more triggering for me lately. HA is hosting a series called “It hurts me more than you.” Then today Cynthia Jeub, a daughter of a well-known homeschool family with 16 children,shared her story of the abuse she and her siblings have received, and still are receiving. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Don’t Express Displeasure To Your Child?

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Six Ways Parents Destroy Their Children Without Trying It is a vicious cycle. A child’s bad behavior provokes looks of displeasure and looks of displeasure provoke bad attitudes leading to bad behavior. I have said it so many times. If you cannot train your children to do as they ought, it is far better to lower your standards and enjoy them as they are than to allow your looks of displeasure to become the norm. A kid may grow up to be undisciplined and self-willed, but there is no reason to add to it a feeling of being unloved and unable to please. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Too Sympathetic and Sensitive to Discipline?

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Child Training Marathon Revisited & UpdatedBe sure and read the entire piece at No Great Joy. There are so many stomach-turning stories in this Michael Pearl penned piece, ugly descriptions of the parents, he makes a horrible comparison of a 6 year old boy to a psychologist (which I think is Pearl coded language for manipulator)  and explains his idea of spanking in loving detail. … [Read more...]


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