by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – Tomato-Head Kids
Editor’s note: And here’s where things get a little weird and confusing, more weird and confusing than the lack of paragraph formatting at their website. Michael Pearl’s name is on this article as the author but in the second paragraph it suddenly switches to Debi Pearl’s perspective as she talks about something Michael observed and said about a boy.
Also, does it strike anyone that the Pearl’s usage of the informal ‘kid’ instead of ‘child’ seems designed as a lessening of that child, a put down? I used to think that adults that insisted that kids were young goats were old-fashioned, not I am not so sure they aren’t right.
Time at the table talking is more important than times tables. God said it like this in Isaiah 28:9-10, “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:” Here a little, and there a little—even while they are nursing be giving them Bible teaching (when they come up for air). Don’t let ignorance get a hold on their young minds, and don’t let the status quo become their default ambition.
Yesterday Mike came in the door and said, “You know that 6-year-old kid outside? He is really smart!” I asked Mike, “How’s that? What did he do that was so smart?” I could see Mike was trying to come up with an example to explain why he thought the child was so smart. Finally he said, “Well, he asked me if there was going to be a contest for knife throwing, and if so, what would the rules be.” Through having conversations with the child, I had already observed that he is wise, alert, and eager to be an important part of a bigger world than that of the average boy. He seems to be more like a small man than a child. This little man has grown up in a very interactive family. His mama has no interest in life greater than instructing her children.
Most dads, when they come home in the evening, enjoy relating to their children what they’ve done during that day. Evenings are but a small part of a child’s life—just the ending of a long day. Let’s face it Mama, we mothers are responsible for the greatest part of our children’s education and development. Some mamas are no more than loving babysitters, whose children reflect their lack of intellectual interaction.
It is common for fathers to leave the raising of young children to mother and not get very involved in their sons’ lives until they are old enough to tag along and participate in their adult work and play—usually at about 4 to 6 years old. Many fathers take their young son out with them on a sort of “coming out to manhood venture,” only to discover that their son is a dumb, insecure, disinterested sissy. Dad can’t relate to him, and after several more unsuccessful tries, leaves him to Mother to finish raising. Sure, a wise and loving father would be more involved all along and wouldn’t give up on his son no matter what, but statistics indicate that only about one out of one hundred dads is wise and patient. Many families today are made up of imperfect fathers and imperfect mothers trying desperately to raise perfect kids—not an impossible task, but a demanding one.
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