Quoting Quiverfull: Control Your Children But Not Too Much?

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by Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy - Cloistered Homeschool SyndromeEditor's note: In this article Michael criticizes homeschooling families that control everything the children do. Wait, I'm very confused, isn't this something that the Pearls themselves also did to their children? Is it opposites day or something? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull Part 1 – Michael Pearl Answers Critics of “To Train Up A Child”

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - It's The Book's Fault!Editor's note: Found this strange gem a few weeks ago on the Pearl's site. It starts with a letter from parents (real or Pearl-written no one knows) blaming Michael's child training via spanking manual 'To Train Up A Child' for the new misbehavior in their children. Believe this is likely a fake letter cobbled together to allow Mr. Pearl to pontificate on why his child discipline ideas are the best thing ever in his mind. Surely this has to be fake? It reeks of fakery. Also it's so strange, the writer is accusing the book of making her not enjoy her children and stressing her out? Time in Quiverfull-land can make you crazy if … [Read more...]

Happy Mother’s Day – Trying Out Motherhood

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So this is sort of off topic and not Quiverfull related at all but in honor of Mother's Day this seemed appropriate to share. The Try Guys of Buzzfeed.com are exploring motherhood as only guys can. Enjoy.Too bad that trying out motherhood like this isn't mandatory in high school because it might just make kids think twice about sex without birth control. One of my children did the Baby Think It Over for three days and nights and by the end was laying in her bed crying that she felt 'so trapped'. The experience taught her that she was not going to be ready for motherhood for quite some time. Not a bad thing to realize. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Dogs, Cats and Kids Are All Selfish?

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Dogs, Cats and KidsEditor's note: He lets his dog eat cats?!? So not only does he make his animals compete for food he also approves of them harming each other. Can someone please explain to me again why anyone listens to his child rearing advice? Sick. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: God Loves Emily Post?

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by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - What's Their Answer?Editor's note: Sometimes I get the feeling that Nancy is out of things to talk about and starts scraping the bottom of the 'make others feel guilty and inadequate' barrel and posts like this one are the result. Why should one word answers not be enough? Does God worship all things polite and mannerly? Hey, at least the kid answered the question. I suppose one word answers might be considered rude but is this really the thing you want to focus on in parenting? Manners can be important but this is sort of over the top on many levels. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Easter Edition Shaming – Be a Sheep, Not a Goat?

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by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - Shepherding Our FlockEditor's note: Be sure to go to the original site and read Nancy's entire screed on sheep, and how they cannot care for themselves at all. She tries to say that the sheep are like us, that we cannot feed ourselves spiritually or clean ourselves, or anything else, without her version of God. Below is her dig at working mothers and how they are like the unGodly goats mentioned in the Bible. No matter what Nancy says I think I'd rather be a goat because goats can survive on all sorts of odd foodstuffs and they are more sure footed for climbing over obstacles and mountains. They are also far more clever than the average sheep. I want … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 3 – Kids Saying ‘F*ck’ and Explaining Bestiality in Church?

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by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - SanctuaryEditor's note: So who controls Daddy's sin urges if Michael is claiming that children are naturally sinful and flesh and blood just like him? Go to the bathroom with your child? No outside contact at all? Sounds like prison to me. … [Read more...]

Stepping On Lego

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by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living Liminal I've just read a post by Matt B Redmond in which he talks about the idea of a "messy" christian life. In it he talks about his boys having to do some cleaning up: "Last night, we asked our boys to clean up the den because it was messy. Legos were everywhere. Their socks and shoes were scattered across the room. Library books covered one area. So they cleaned it up." At the end one reader left a comment: … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – We Were Created to Judge Others?

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by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - Bible In The Home | Do We Have Permission to Judge?Editor's note: Is this really judging or just good parenting with some wisdom of the dangers lurking about? There is a lot in the original article that seems to confuse using wisdom or common sense with judging or judgmentalism right along side judging others for a long laundry list of vague stuff. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Pleading With Your Children Over Their Sin

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by Tim Challies from Challies.Com - Help! My Kids Are Looking At Porn!Editor's note: While there is some good advice in this article, such as not heaping your child with shame after you find them looking at internet porn, there's also some pretty less than perfect responses too. In the Evangelical Quiverfull world where everything is hypersexualized it's considered a sin to have normal childhood curiosity. So the parents go right into over reaction mode. Is this healthy? There are much better ways to handle catching your child looking at porn than most of this.  … [Read more...]


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