Quoting Quiverfull: No Spanking Leads to General Degeneration of Society?

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by Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy in part eight of his new foreword for his book “To Train Up A Child” – Attack on Traditional Child TrainingEditor's note: He's claiming that the anti spanking movement cannot prove their claims even as there are many more legitimate scientific studies showing that harming a child to make them behave is bad in the long run. Mr. Pearl ignores facts or blurts out lies about anything that runs counter to his belief.  This seems to be a typical thing to do in the world of Quiverfull and Evangelical Christianity, come up against a study or a fact that doesn't fit with your 'Biblical World View', just call it a lie without legitimately refuting it. … [Read more...]

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

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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: Liberals Seizing The Language?

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Attack on Traditional Child TrainingEditor's note: Michael is decrying the fact that those more liberal than he are seizing the conversation and using harsher, more realistic, language to describe discipline.  … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Spanking Made Me Into A Mean Mommy

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by Melissa cross posted from her blog Permission To Live “What’s this?” asked Ms. Action. I turned away from the pot I was stirring on the stove and answered “That’s a potato masher, to mush up the potato’s“, “Ooohhhh” she replied looking at it, then placing it aside she continued her rummaging in the utensil drawer. “What’s this Mama?” holding up the rolling pin, after I explained its function she returned to her drawer. … [Read more...]

Why Do So Many Evangelicals Abuse Their Children?

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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...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Unbelievers Want To Beat Their Kids?

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by Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy - Resume EnhancementThis is from a posting last year when the British government was holding hearings on if they should ban "To Train Up A Child" by Michael Pearl from the UK. Michael had been contacted by various BBC reporters and was saying how banning his book was going to enhance his resume and drive sales of the book into new record heights. Pure Pearl logic. … [Read more...]

Re-Post: A Mama’s Journey

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by Melissa cross posted from her blog Permission To Live This was originally published June of 2011. I’ve also included an excerpt from a post I wrote the year before that. Words can’t fully explain how life-changing it was for me to begin to see my children as people, not sinful rebellious little beings I must force into compliance. Recognizing that how I was parenting was wrong, forced me to acknowledge that how I was parented had harmed me. My desire to parent my children gently, was the fuel that pushed me to get into counseling and get help for the first time. It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years since I began the journey of Gentle Parenting. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 8 – Dancing With the Devil?

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - When the Worst HappensA reader brought up an excellent point yesterday. What does Michael advocate doing if your child is the aggressor or sexual offender. So I'm posting a few more parts of this long article to answer that question, or attempt to answer it. … [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...]


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