Quoting Quiverfull: Spanking Is One Of The First Resorts?

Quoting Quiverfull: Spanking Is One Of The First Resorts? August 26, 2015

quotingquiverfullby Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy Magazine – Spank as a Last Resort

Editor’s note: So there was no August version of NGJ magazine, they went straight to Sept/Oct. The passage below has the explanations of the types of rebellious stubborn children and the provoking questions you should ask before wailing on them with a plumbing line. Wonder which interviewer Michael is throwing serious shade at by calling them a ‘media agitator’?  There needs to be more ‘media agitators’ exposing the harmful child discipline ideas of the Pearls. Roaches hate it when the lights come on.

Sitting in front of the cameras, a media agitator asked, “Then is spanking a last resort?” I answered, “No, that sounds like it is an act of frustration, a desperate response to failure. Loving, thoughtful parents employ corporal discipline when it is the best tool to use to achieve character building in our children.”

This principle is not only lost on the progressive, but many Christian parents are also guilty of spanking “as a last resort.”

When a spat or spanking is in order, it is not a last resort; it is a God-given tool to put the finishing touches on an eternal soul.

See the revised section on spanking in the 21st-year edition of To Train Up a Child.

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders, cultural enforcers and those that seek to keep women submitted to men and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull and Spiritual Abuse honestly and thoughtfully.

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  • KarenH

    Michael…Mike….Mikey…. Shut the fuck up.

  • Nea

    Any reporter who doesn’t consider Mikey a living God is a “media agitator” — although I am interested that he didn’t go to his first favorite two insults, that the reporter was either gay or an “ugly” woman. Getting soft, Mikey?

    Or just realizing that the wheels are coming off your juggernaut too? Gotta suck to be someone whose main moral supporters are universally caught up in sex scandals (Phillips, Gothard, and Duggar) while social media gives a loud voice to all the people you tried so hard to render voiceless for so long.

  • Saraquill

    “Loving, thoughtful parents employ corporal discipline…” Since when has Pearl expressed love to anyone? Even his vanity inflating makes him sound horribly insecure, rather than one who feels good about himself.

  • SAO

    No spanking is not the last resort because if you can’t get your kid to do/not do something without spanking, you need to figure out what you’re doing wrong as a parent (hint: it’s not failing to spank).

  • Mel

    Two points
    1) Pearl’s use of the word “spanking” is a lie. His forms of corporal punishment are brutal child abuse. EVERY published study I’ve ever found on corporal punishment would have excluded Pearl from the study after reporting him to CPS for abuse/endangerment of a child.

    2) Plenty of good Christian parents have raised children without any corporal punishment and most people who do use corporal punishment use it less than once a year per kid prior to age 7 or 8.

  • Ktietje85

    My interpretation of her quote is that one ought not to spank in anger and out of sheer frustration. And indeed, no one should administer any sort of discipline out of frustration or anger. If you can’t hold it together, why should you expect your children to do so? I believe she is encouraging parents to decide on rules and consequences in advance, and administer consequences calmly when a rule is broken, rather than just getting mad and smacking.

    It’s a good thought…in general. The rules should be simple, clearly communicated, and consequences for breaking them should be known and administered without anger and in love.

    BUT, spanking does not need to be one of those consequences. In our home, if the kid ran for the street, then s/he would be immediately taken in the house, strapped into a stroller, etc. to prevent the action. Behave unsafely and lose your freedom. Hitting is not needed.

  • Antoinette Herrera

    He’s far too in love with the sound of his voice to do that.

  • Antoinette Herrera

    Shorter Michael Pearl: Spank now, spank often.

  • KarenH

    Of course you’re right.