Beat Children Under 2 Years Old?

Beat Children Under 2 Years Old? November 30, 2018

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.

“Spanking” – a harmless sounding euphemism for beating the tar out of that child with plastic plumbing line.

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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Suzanne Titkemeyer went from a childhood in Louisiana to a life lived in the shadow of Washington D.C. For many years she worked in the field of social work, from national licensure to working hands on in a children's residential treatment center. Suzanne has been involved with helping the plights of women and children' in religious bondage. She is a ordained Stephen's Minister with many years of counseling experience. Now she's retired to be a full time beach bum in Tamarindo, Costa Rica with the monkeys and iguanas. She is also a thalassophile. She also left behind years in a Quiverfull church and loves to chronicle the worst abuses of that particular theology. She has been happily married to her best friend for the last 32 years. You can read more about the author here.

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