Quoting Quiverfull: Child Training

Quoting Quiverfull: Child Training November 4, 2014

dogtreatsby Shalom Pearl Brand in No Greater Joy magazine – Steps to Obedience

My six-year-old trained my two-year-old to go to sleep anywhere, anytime by giving him treats. She loves training dogs, and decided that training her brother was fun as well. So she got little pieces of cheese or chocolate and would give him a command like, “Sit down,” “Get up,” “Lie down,” “Say ‘Mama,’” and so on. She then told him, “Close your eyes; now go to sleep.” To her great joy, he did!

One day at church I told my mom, who was holding Roland, “Just tell him to close his eyes and go to sleep and he will obey!” She laughed, but after a few minutes of him wiggling in her lap she tried it, and instantly he fell back in her arms with his eyes closed and was soon sound asleep! She was shocked, and I have to admit I was too! The best part about it is that he still goes to sleep that way. It is like putting a baby doll down.

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  • Nea

    So, it took three generations for a Pearl to learn what the rest of the world has known for ages: positive training is more effective and less traumatic than negative training. (I notice that the child wasn’t whipping the dogs either.)

    Not that the lesson is ever going to sink in to “beating is fun and cathartic” Michael.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    Had to post this story because it appeared right in the middle of Shalom talking about discipline and the word “no” and then took a side trip into a better way to train kids without her actually realizing that perhaps this was a better way to go. I was tickled about the story because that is exactly how I toilet trained my two youngest kids and several of my friends kids. A big jar of M&Ms in the bathroom and a couple doled out for every successful bout on the toilet. Worked very well, way better than a spanking.

  • Anonyme

    When my nephew was two years old, I tried to help discipline him by using my “dog training voice” and visual cues.

    My sister-in-law gave me the side-eye.

  • Nea

    I just knew that the damage to Shalom was far too deep for her to see any other means of childrearing. Even with a little child to lead her (the clever 6-year-old.)

    The question now is… will the 6-year-old grow up to remember this, or is the damage being done to her going to run too deep over time?

  • Nightshade

    I have a problem with ‘It is like putting a baby doll down’ (kids aren’t baby dolls to be played with!), but it is a big improvement over beating kids for every possible transgression.

  • Nea

    This story is quite the contrast to Michael’s about the mother he advised to rush into the room and start flailing away every time her toddler slipped out of bed, no matter how quietly.