Questioning the Pearls: Whining is Strictly Prohibited

For well over a year we’ve been running a second Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ on Sundays, filled with questions by young ladies trying to get ready for marriage. Since we’ve run through many of the questions on their site it’s time to shift Sundays to something else, like perhaps examining the cornucopia of probably fake emails and questions that Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy post on their website and the possibly poisonous answers they give. … [Read more...]

NLQ Question of the Week: Why do Neglectful Parents Get a Pass in Evangelical Quiverfull?

This is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.This week Zsuzsanna Anderson wrote a piece called Fatal Forgetfulness about not judging, punishing or reviling those parents that somehow manage to leave their children in cars with the windows rolled up. This has started to be a tragic trend throughout the nation every time the temperatures climb to higher levels. Here's what she said: … [Read more...]

The Do-Nothing God

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserYesterday, a two-year-old (some reports say the child was three) boy died after his parents left him in the car while they attended an afternoon worship service at Rehoboth Praise Assembly in East Dallas, Texas. Forty-five minutes into the worship service, the boy’s parents realized that they had left him in the car. Sadly, it was too late. The one hundred degree Texas heat had rendered the boy unconscious. He was pronounced dead later that night at a local hospital. … [Read more...]

Shackled Girl: Part 9 – Open Questions and Remaining Concerns

by PropinquaEditor’s note: The three children in the Ciboro house were isolated from family and neighbors. Now they are in foster care, hidden by confidentiality laws. They need privacy and time to heal, and no decent person wants to pry. On the other hand, public attention facilitated the 13-year-old girl’s escape, and public attention is probably needed to protect her and bring about justice. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Education Only to Bring Children to God?

by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - A Good QuestionEditor's note: Of course there's no mention of the real reason to assure your children are educated: to produce well-rounded adults fully capable of participating in society and to make sure they have marketable skills they can use to support themselves in the future. While I have no problem with people using their education to help others it seems a bit childish and naive to state that the main goal is to make them love God more. Education does not actually work like that. … [Read more...]

When Quiverfull Parenting Ideas and Theology Fail – Too Many Children to Supervise?

This morning there were a number of media outlets reporting on a disturbing incident that happened yesterday at the Cincinnati, Ohio Zoo. A four year old child somehow managed to climb a fence,  squeeze into the gorilla enclosure before falling roughly 12 feet down into the moat. A male Silverback gorilla named Harambe waded into the wade, took hold of the boy and was hauling him around roughly by the arm. The zookeepers had to make the difficult decision to kill Harambe, who is an endangered species, to rescue the boy. The boy is hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries and expected to make a full recovery. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Large Families Have Plenty of Individualized Time With Each Child?

by Kelly Crawford from Generation Cedar - 7 Misconceptions About Moms of Large FamiliesEditor's note: Yes, I will agree with Kelly that the demands of a large family are different than a small family, but that's as far as I would go. My own mother was one of twelve in a Catholic QF family and to this day at age 75 still complains about the lack of attention and love of her mother because of the large family. Things like that wound and stay with you for the rest of your life. It's statistically and mathematically impossible to give as much one on one attention to one of twelve versus one of two or three. … [Read more...]

How Parents Prime Children For Victimization Through Ignorance, Neglect and Abuse of Dependency Needs

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much More GraceOriginally published January 2012. This is part of a series on Understanding How Emotional Development in Childhood Affects Adults: Fostering Spiritual Abuse via the “Roots of Victimization” All images originals from Under Much More Grace. One of the primary roles of a parent should be preparing their children to be safe, protected, and secure in adulthood, preparation that begins in childhood, encouraging the child's growth into maturity. When successful, parents prepare children who become adults who are able to care adequately for their own basic needs and are also responsive to the needs of others without compromising t … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Michael Pearl’s Word Salad About Neglected Children

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy Magazine - Family FountainDo you remember that game on the PBS show "Sesame Street" named "One of These Things Is Not Like The Other"? Four things pictured, three with some unifying theme and one with no connection. This is sort of like that in that this piece has not much to do with the first part published last night at NLQ. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1- Michael Pearl’s Word Salad About Neglected Children

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy Magazine - Family FountainIt's that time of the year again, another issue of the Pearl's No Greater Joy magazine has been published with all the attendant articles as useful as This is the least word-salady part of this article and I'm still not 100% sure what he's getting at as it's just all over the place. … [Read more...]