by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy magazine – But I Wanted to Ask Mr. Pearl
Editor’s note: Horrific that Michael Pearl is doubling down on his ‘beat them’ theory of child training even for children with conditions like ADHD. Nothing like making sure the kid obeys the patriarch’s whim above all else, including the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of a child.
Does No Greater Joy have experience with ADHD? I have never observed it to be addressed well here. When I read about the “attention deficit disorder lie” it makes me sad because my husband and three of my children have it. ADHD is quite real and affects how children respond to training. I wondered for many years why my son never seemed to learn from cause and effect. I hope No Greater Joy will address training children with extra challenges as well as typical children, because the process does not look exactly the same.
Our daughter Shoshanna is double marker ADHD. Her daughter Penelope says that I am as well because of my inability to remember names and my agitation in crowds. But what does a five-year-old know? Shoshanna is high-strung and has extreme lows and highs, but she uses her highs to amass great wealth and accomplish great deeds, and she uses her lows to rest up for her next explosive adventure. I don’t think she would be so successful if she weren’t ADHD. All divergence from the norm, whether mental, emotional, or physical, is just an opportunity to be exceptional or an excuse to be a victim. We have had many parents tell us that their ADHD child responded well to normal biblical training principles and we have had parents tell us that biblical training principles don’t work because their child is ADHD. You decide.
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