By taking a gander through some older posts by Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy I found this long horrific post. Michael is claiming that if you haven’t beaten your child into complete submission before two years old you’ve failed your job as a parent. Trigger warning for descriptions of abuse. He thinks you should beat children under two years old, and that horrifies me. From a piece titled ‘Little Foxes Spoil the Vines’
This sounds like a totally normal reaction of a toddler put into a very boring situation that has zero relevance for the child. Perhaps a better strategy might be examining what they can do to engage the children’s interest. Children do not always have long attention spans, and it’s unfair to expect a toddler to sit still for long periods.
Let’s be very clear here. The ‘Training’ that Michael Pearl is referring to here is beating your child. Using a 1\4 inch plastic plumbing line on a baby too young to make it’s needs easily known. If that’s not child abuse I don’t know what is!
Michael continues on making remarks about training horses and if you do not train the horse correctly you can be badly injured. I hate the idea of his training any animal because in the past Michael has spoken of training all sorts of animals with pain and brute force. With animals that might buy you some small obedience, just enough so that you’ll be unawares when the animal decides to pay you back.
Let’s examine the evidence. None of the Pearl children are successful by any measure. We’ve seen an ugly divorce, living without running water, unable to simply pick a basic choice when asked, men that will not work leaving women scrambling to come up with home-based businesses to provide only basic levels of livelihood.
There’s been a great deal of legitimate research lately on what happens when physical punishment is meted out in homes. None of it good. Homes with brutal punishment are more likely to produce teenage criminals. It causes anxiety in children, increased aggression, malignant self concept – believing you are bad, increased risk of depression and mental illness. People that were beaten and abused as children are more likely to be spousal abusers. So many negative things have now been linked to harsh physical punishment.
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