Quoting Quiverfull: Cheerfulness Most Important in Child Training?

Quoting Quiverfull: Cheerfulness Most Important in Child Training? January 10, 2017

quotingquiverfullby Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – Cheerful, Authoritative, Consistent

Editor’s note: Is this really what Michael thinks is the most important? I don’t think so. He’s proven too many times that he is more about making sure he quashed any independence of thought in the child by using cruel physical punishment.

Child training wisdom would certainly enable you to approach your job with confidence, but wisdom is not an indispensable prerequisite. Parents are just grown kids—people still developing, seldom exceptional in any area, especially not in the art of training a little human to be exceptional. Being a good child trainer and parent is not beyond the reach of any Christian parent. If you feel incompetent to bring your children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, that is no indication that you are going to fail. There are three qualities parents must possess in order to produce well-trained and disciplined young adults: cheerfulness, authoritative command, and consistency.

Of these three, the greatest of these is cheerfulness. It is the first and most important quality a child trainer must possess. Young parents may not possess authoritative command or consistency when their first child comes along, but they can make a good beginning if they are cheerful. All other skills will come in time.

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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  • Jennny

    Yup, superglue that smile on for the whole of your female life. Anyone else reminded of the song ‘Turn It Off’ from The Book of Mormon and the line ‘you didn’t pretend hard enough’?

  • Nea

    Except that we know the reasons why Mikey is cheerful: he enjoys inflicting violence and his insecurity is assuaged by inflicting it on people who can’t hit back. Notice how the cheer and confidence evaporate the second he can’t threaten someone.

  • Saraquill

    I thought the most important thing while beating children is making sure that Pearl’s vanity goes unchalleneged.

  • SAO

    How to be a psychopath: beat children with glee!

  • Astrin Ymris

    Here we go again with the “Fake having the correct emotions!” meme that’s practically universal among cultural enforcers.

    This indicates that the entire movement is based on deceit at its core.

  • Aloha

    Do we have to say “child trainer?” Would it be so socialist, liberal and unbiblical to say “child educator?” Or “child upbringer” or “child caregiver?”

    Ah, probably it would be … Mikey could convert his works to dog training manuals with just a simple “find and replace” application.

  • Jo

    Child trainer, is that like dog or lion trainer

  • AuntKaylea

    But that would mean PETA would be on him in an instant. He treats children with greater cruelty than the courts allow people to treat pets.

  • AuntKaylea

    Dear Mr. Pearl: Why would any Christian trust someone who is artificially cheerful? Isn’t such pretending participating in a lie/deceit? And I read in the Bible that Satan is the father of lies.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    I like raising children instead of training children because the connotation if you are raising them is that you are helping them to develop to higher levels, not training them like an animal to not go on the rug or roll over.

  • A. Noyd

    How about just “parent”?

  • gimpi1

    This might be taken as a “the beatings will continue until morale improves” argument. I know that people raised with the Pearls’ methods often report extreme policing of emotion. You have to obey “cheerfully” any demand. Parents are encouraged to be “cheerful” about their marriages – even if they’re troubled and about their finances – even if they’re a mess. Wives are encouraged to be cheerful about their husband’s demands and failures.

    It’s all about appearances. Paste a smile on your face, ignore any problems and the problems don’t exist! Yeah, that works…