by Suzanne Titkemeyer – admin
Hope everyone is having a joyous holiday season with zero family drama. You might of noticed that the postings are still a little out of wack here at NLQ. The holidays and illness are making updating still a bit difficult. If I owe you an email it’s coming. This is week four of my hand infection and I’m just now being able to use my right hand a little bit, almost normal function restored.
One of the things that I received during this holiday season was a package of photos, cards and literature from when I was born 55 years ago. Clearly things have changed a great deal in child care in the ensuing years. There are a few really surprising things in the pamphlet that the hospital pediatrician handed out to each new mother. After reading through it I can only conclude that Michael Pearl and other Fundamentalist child training self-proclaimed experts might have gotten their ideas. Outdated, old-fashioned and dangerous ideas must have been normal back on the cusp of the 1960s.
From the pamphlet:
This first bit has nothing to do with punishing children but it is funny based on what we know now about the dangers of using tobacco products around small children –
“A moderate amount of smoking does not harm to your baby.”
This advice gives me the chills and sounds like something out of a Pearlesque training manual –
It seems to me that what we’re seeing with Michael Pearl and the others like Gary Ezzo is the likely last gasp of old-fashioned toxic ideas about children that modern research has made obsolete. It has been said by unnamed members of Pearl’s family that his grandmother beat him exactly the same way he’s advocating that everyone beat their children. It’s as outdated as some of the other ideas that fundamentalists cling to in a book written several thousand years ago.
“Most babies cry for an hour or two between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm. This is not colic, but simply provides an exercise period which should not be interfered with. Babies need this daily exercise to develop normally. Do not pick up the baby when crying except for normal feeding times. From the beginning teach it to be good to get attention. Crying will not hurt your baby; if crying seems excessive, report it to me. It is a symptom of the development of a manipulative and spoiled child. From the beginning your baby should be put in his crib after the 6:00 pm feeding and left to go to sleep. Handle your baby at night only for feeding. If you will follow this particular bit of advice your baby will rarely cry unless sick or hungry.”
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