Quoting Quiverfull: Always a Battle?

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by Rachel D Ramer of CRI - Christian Families on the Edge Author Reb Bradley, however, echoes the Pearls: “Keep your objective in mind — subjection of their will.…Teach your children to obey without being told ‘why.’”11 Authors William and Colleen Dedrick also concur: “When your child disregards or disobeys your command, he breaks fellowship with you and … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Requiring Obedience?

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by John Piper from his blog Desiring God - Parents, Require Obedience of Your Children Rescue from Foolish Parenting The defiance and laziness of unbelieving parents I can understand. I have biblical categories of the behavior of the spiritually blind. But the neglect of Christian parents perplexes me. What is behind the failure to require and receive obedience? I’m not sure. But it may be that these nine observations will help rescue some parents from the folly of laissez-faire parenting. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Bearing It?

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by Colin Campbell from Meat For Men The Greek word for "bear" is "stego" meaning "to roof over, to cover with silence, endure patiently, forebear, suffer." There are some things in life that we find difficult to change, and in some cases, cannot change, at least without divine intervention. … [Read more...]

How Doug Phillips Wreaked Havoc On My Family

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism and Homeschoolers Anonymous My parents homeschooled me K-12, and during those years they fell under the influence of several Christian leaders who spread toxic dogma and find their following within the Christian homeschool movement. My parents never followed Gothard, but they did follow both Michael Pearl and Doug Phillips. I’ve … [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...]

Quoting Quiverfull: No Knees Seen Ever?

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by Michelle Duggar from the official Duggar Family blog. Thanks to Crushable for pointing out the original blog posting. As a parent I would have to remind them, let’s not stand upside down on your head in that chair because you want to practice being ladylike. And they look at me with … [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 Anonymous Samantha 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...]

Yes I Buy Ice Cream With My Food Stamps

by Melissa cross posted from her blog Permission To Live When we were on the brink of transition, and facing the prospect of losing our income and home, we spent a lot of time crunching numbers. How much money would we need to survive for 3 months with no income? How about 6 months? We added up the costs for rent, insurance gas and upkeep for our 13 year old van, utilities, our life insurance policies, and diapers. And one of the costs I always included in my calculations was food. … [Read more...]

Heather Doney Interview

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Heads up! Our own SASBN member Heather Doney of the blogs Becoming Worldly, Homeschoolers Anonymous and Homeschooling's Invisible Children was interviewed on last night's Aljazeera America! Heather spoke on her own experiences being homeschooled and the inherent problems that homeschoolers often face, such as child abuse or neglect at the hands of their parents. Watch the entire interview at Aljazeera America by clicking here. … [Read more...]

The Sinister Side of Homeschooling

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by Joe Sands cross posted from his blog Incongruous Circumspection You may have heard of Michael Farris, founder of The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and Patrick Henry College.  Michael is very active in the homeschooling community and uses the advocacy power of the HSLDA to pressure governments to remove any and all regulation on those that teach their children at home. … [Read more...]


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