Here’s a piece by Michael and Debi Pearl’s daughter Rebekah Pearl Anast that was published in their No Greater Joy magazine back in 2004. She’s speaking of her daddy asking kids what work they do, and how you have to give your kids many jobs to do. She approves of child labor.
Sounds sweet, not abnormal from how Rebekah is writing this. Citing the Amish, talking of chore around the house. Normal things that no one would have a problem with. Having children of various ages helping around the house for the smooth running and betterment of everyone is a good thing.
It’s important for children to learn in age appropriate ways these things because one day they will be adults. These are the very life skills they will need. Knowing basic cooking skills, how to do your own laundry, clean and sew on a button are all desirable skills.
If you do not assure that they know these things by the time they leave your home it might take them a little time to work it out on their own. I prefer to think that teaching them how to adult benefits society at large too.
But that’s not what we’re talking about here. How many times has Michael Pearl written a screed braying that he has 7 and 8 or younger boys handling tasks and tools no kid should be allowed to handle. Michael believes in working the children in his sphere of influence like mules, like fully grown adults. This is what Rebekah is talking about here.
Later she mentions teaching her under three year old son how to sweep, empty garbage cans and spot clean the kitchen. Sorry. but some of the tasks she talks about assigning this poor child are not age appropriate. At that age if you can get them to pick up toys, or help set the table you’ve done well.
Children were not put on this earth to be support staff for the Pearls. Your goal in starting with tasks like setting the table before moving on to more complex tasks as the child grows is not to make your life easier, it’s to grow fully functioning adults.
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