Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Infant Manifesto?

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Infant Manifesto? November 26, 2016

quotingquiverfullby Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – Infant Manifesto

Editor’s note: Not sure how much of this I can stomach to quote here. It’s all horrible! Do not EVER use this man’s advice to train your children. Even animals should not be treated this way!

So you must disguise your dominance and express it more carefully. There are several ways to do this, and it is good to have a variety—it confuses them and keeps them from ever getting a fix on it. For instance, if you are a cute little girl, it is very effective to play the pity role. Pretend to be weak and emotionally hurt. You can get more mileage out of that than the boys can out of their strength. Even fathers are susceptible to this guise. If they tell you no, just look brokenhearted. It helps to just sag in your body like you don’t have the strength to go on with life. If they don’t immediately comply, then you can say you are tired or don’t feel well. Just lay around, and remember to ask in a pitiful voice about every ten minutes. When you ask, be sure to rub your hand along their leg or arm. It you are close enough to touch their faces that works even better. The stimulation of touch breaks down their resistance. Eventually they will say, “Oh all right, I don’t guess it will hurt anything.” There, you will have your way, and after all, there is nothing in life more important than getting your own way. It is the greatest source of pleasure.

Now if you are a boy, or a first born girl, or just a free spirit, then you may find the direct method more to your liking. Anger and hostility will intimidate the biggest of them. If you stand your ground early, especially before they feel you are old enough to be spanked, you can gain the upper hand by convincing them that it is “just your personality” and that “you will grow out of it.”

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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Part One Infant Manifesto

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  • Nea

    Shorter Mikey: I can’t bear it when anyone uses my tactics but me because I’m too insecure to handle the slightest compromise.

  • Ash

    This sounds like some classic projection: “there is nothing in life more important than getting your own way. It is the greatest source of pleasure.”

  • SAO

    Don’t listen to those old wives’ tales and evil liberal bunkum that says babies cry when they are hungry, tired, or need a diaper change. They are actually just trying to manipulate the parents into catering to them. If you completely ignore their needs, most babies won’t actually die of malnutrition and if a few do, it was God’s plan and no doubt God will bless you with a few more. Just pray those family-destroying liberals don’t sicc the CPS on right-thinking parents like you.

  • Joy

    As a strong-willed and stubborn first born girl, I am damn glad he is not my father! I certainly wouldn’t be who I am today. Of course, he wouldn’t approve of the woman that I am today but I’m perfectly okay with that. In fact, I don’t want to be the type of woman he approves of!

  • Friend

    As always, kids are just miniature devils to this guy. His ideas are just plain nuts: “if you two-month-olds can be forewarned, you can get a head-start while the big dummies are still totally absorbed with how cute you are. Why wait until you are six-months-old to start taking control of these teddy bears? Many kids your age are already establishing dominance.”

    And no, it’s not satire. Michael Pearl consistently gives children credit for being able to think like adults–and not just any adults, but bad, malevolent, scheming adults.

  • Diane Wenrich

    Clearly, the man needs analysis.

  • Anonyme

    I don’t even have words for this anymore…

  • Anonyme

    Who knew babies were so damn smart that they plan just how to antagonize their parents. 😉

  • persephone

    Oh, look, the abusive, inconsistent, demanding, domineering parents created manipulative, whining children. Color me surprised.

  • Antoinette Herrera

    Michael Pearl never ceases to appall me. His contempt for children goes to the marrow, and it is monstrous.

  • Hannah

    I don’t normally advocate for violence, but this guy needs to be taken out and shot before he hurts any more kids. His ideas about small children are severely twisted.

  • bekabot

    I had an adorable younger sister and this is something I know about. The truth is, kids often do manipulate their parents, and their parents return the favor with abandon — but, so what? The other truth is that even adorable small girls have bad days. Even adorable small girls have their hearts broken on a regular basis, because that’s what life on Earth is like. Being an adorable small girl is no preservative against misfortune; in fact, there may be some types of misfortune it opens the door to and invites. Not every pout on the part of an adorable small girl has got to be part of some kind of pretense.

    This is the thread in Fundagelical culture that I really don’t care for: the automatic assumption on the part of all parents that of course their children are eager to get the better of them, especially when/if their kids are little and/or cute. Come on, folks: your kids aren’t necessarily acting unhappy; it’s possible that they are unhappy, and it’s even possible that the source(s) of their unhappiness have nothing to do with you. Life on this planet has never been a joyride and it isn’t one now. Fundagelical culture is rife with the cries of parents exclaiming that their children must be made to recognize this as a fact; but why can’t they recognize it for themselves?

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  • jennabobenna

    This. Fellow stubborn first born. My parents and I have butted heads over the years, and I knew how to get my way when I really wanted it (my dad’s a teddy bear in wolf clothing haha), but I also never asked for anything unreasonable because I was always hyper-aware of our financial situation growing up. My parents also told me no a lot and I knew better than to push back most of the time. My parents gave me healthy boundaries and age-appropriate freedom without beating the living daylights out of me or locking me in a tower. By the time I could drive, they trusted me enough and I was responsible enough that I didn’t have a curfew (on weekends) when I was with friends as long as they knew where I was and what I was up to. Thank goodness I wasn’t raised by a monster like Mikey. I would definitely not be the person I am today, and I don’t think I want to even imagine what my life would look like if I had parents who kept me on a short leash, under lock and key…*shudder*