Quoting Quiverfull: All Anti-Spanking Studies Only Study Bad Kids?

This is part four of Michael Pearl's updated foreword to his book "To Train Up A Child" from No Greater Joy - Attack on Traditional Child TrainingEditor's note: Now Michael goes on to claim that you cannot find cases of abuse in Christian homeschooled children who are spanked followed by saying in the studies that support no spanking that the representative sampling is all among juvenile delinquents. What about Hana Grace Williams? What about Lydia Shatz? What about the countless others that don't make it into the news but are surely being abused by the letter of Pearl's awful book? If his book is such a great resource for parenting then why exactly has it been found in homeschooling … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Not Spanking Children Leads To Abortion, Sex & Worshiping The Earth?

This is part 3 of Michael Pearl's new foreword for his book "To Train Up A Child" from No Greater Joy - Attack on Traditional Child TrainingEditor's note: If or when America goes to war again they should get Michael Pearl to write all of the pro war propaganda to sell the war to the people. He's got blaming, shaming and fear-mongering down to a science. In this bit of his his new foreword to his child training book he claims that if you spank in anger you'd not doing it right and not spanking correctly leads to thinks like sex and abortions and ecology. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull – Pooping Out Drugged Children?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Attack on Traditional Child TrainingEditor's note: Michael seems to think that beating your children into submission means they will not develop any sort of mental illness or depression as a child. That runs counter to what we've seen in the survivor groups.  We have seen too many times in the homeschool alumni groups that harsh, blame the child discipline tends to create depression in children even into adulthood. … [Read more...]

Zero Tolerance: Manly Temper or Ungodly Outburst

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...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Biblical Spanking?

by Chip Ingram of Living On The Edge.Org and Focus On The Family - The Biblical Approach to Spanking Editor's note: While Chip's seven steps in the process to spanking are mostly good parenting I have to question if adding spanking to the rest of it is really necessary. Aren't there better ways to punish that hitting your child? Very surprised to hear Ingram approve of spanking as he seems in the sermons I've heard to be a bit more progressive than the average Fundi-Gelical pastor. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Everyone Spanks But Bad Kids Parents Do It Wrong?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy Magazine - Attack on Traditional Child TrainingEditor's note: It's one of the six times a year when the Pearls publish their magazine and spend large parts of it defending spanking children. Turns out Michael is adding new material and chapters to his tome 'To Train Up A Child' for the 21st anniversary addition. It looks like a lot of self-justification via studies on child discipline. Notice he has no legitimate study to back his assertions in this paragraph.  … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Spanking to Bring ‘Peace’ and ‘Stability’ Into the Home?

by Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy - Spank and Save a Child Editor's note: This entire piece is part disgusting and part hysterical. Mr. Pearl is ranting against all the naysayers who think spanking is abusive towards children, even as there are studies which prove it is. He's also upset that his words are being taken out of context for quotes. Bonus points in the piece for his reference to uneducated 'hillbilly' women.  … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Anti Spanking Equals Anti Family?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Spank and Save a ChildEditor's note: How exactly is it that trying to teach children that violence is wrong by not spanking them equates societal engineering? … [Read more...]

Why Do So Many Evangelicals Abuse Their Children?

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser Now there’s a title sure to get everyone’s attention! Why do so many Christians abuse their children? The reason is primarily a theological one. (though they might not even realize it is) Most Christian sects believe in some form of original sin.(depravity) The theology goes something like this: … [Read more...]

A Film That Helps Us Understand Why Pearl Becomes Appealing: How do parents get caught up in extreme practices?

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much GraceA few years ago, I attended a professional conference that dealt with addiction which featured John Bradshaw as one of the speakers. I didn't like his old PBS series on codependency and families, but in recent years, I've found his lectures and books enlightening. He points out well, much like Alice Miller does, that corporal punishment in particular destroys critical thinking and makes a person ripe for manipulation. In a talk, much of which referred back to his own history of abuse, he ended up mentioningFocus on the Family and Richard Fugate as examples of ideologues who recommend abusive practices in their books. I approa … [Read more...]