Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A book that drives me nuts...

Saw yet another person today touting how wonder Michael and Debbie Pearl are and "how dare I say anything bad about them." Well, I don't need to say anything bad, they say it all themselves. This is just the tip of the iceberg and what I personally read from their book tonight:

Here's a few quotes straight from To Train Up A Child,

"You should be able to take a nap and expect to find the house in order when you wake." (It's the whole "children should be seen and not heard thing)

"When the baby bit, my wife pulled her hair (an alternative has to be sought for baldheaded babies). Understand, the baby is not being punished, just conditioned."

"A newborn soon needs training. Crying in order to manipulate the adults into constant servitude should never be rewarded. Otherwise, you will reinforce the child's growing self-centeredness, which will eventually become socially intolerable." (This was under the boldfaced title, NEVER TOO YOUNG TO TRAIN)

"At four months.... we attempted to train her not to climb the stairs by coordinating the voice command of "No" with little spats on the bare legs. The switch was a twelve-inch long, one-eighth-inch diameter sprig from a willow tree."

"Stripes are said to be to the soul what the healing blood flow is to a wound. A child properly and timely spanked is healed in the soul and restored to wholeness of spirit. A child can be turned back from the road to hell through proper spankings."

"Fail to use the rod on this child, and you are creating a '"Nazi." I still marvel at the power of the little rod. Somehow, after eight or ten licks, the poison is transformed into gushing love and contentment."

"If you have to sit on him to spank him then do not hesitate. And hold him there until he is surrendered. Prove that you are bigger, tougher, more patiently enduring and are unmoved by his wailing. Defeat him totally. Accept no conditions for surrender. No compromise. You are to rule over him as a benevolent sovereign. Your word is final."

"This time, my wife's bottom came off the couch as she drew back to return the blow; and I heard a little karate like wheeze come from somewhere deep inside Johnny."

"When the heat was just right, I would open the door long enough for them to be attracted by the flames. I then move away. The child would inevitably run to the stove and touch it. Just as his hand touched the stove, I would say, "Hot!" It usually took twice, sometimes three times, but they all learned their lesson. "

"If a parent starts at infancy discouraging the first crying demands, the child will never develop a habit. In our home a fit was totally unknown because the first time it was tried it proved counterproductive."

"If you want a child who will integrate into the New World Order and wait his turn in line for condoms, a government funded abortion, sexually transmitted disease treatment, psychological evaluation and a mark on the forehead, then follow the popular guidelines in education, entertainment and discipline, but if you want a son or daughter of God, you will have to do it God's way [homeschool]." (this was under the title THE SYSTEM) Also, "Never even consider sending your children to private Christian schools, much less the public automation factory. "

"Hollywood is not for God's children. Don't allow the brainless, subversive Sesame Street type propaganda to come into your house. Your children's thinking should be molded by the word of God and Christian example, not by sex perverts and socialists. If you want to destroy your family then get yourself a good TV and VCR to keep the kids company."

"Never yield to the fads. Christians should have too much dignity to be carried along by the Madison Avenue promoters. Their shoes, clothes and cereal should be chosen for serviceability, not style."

The book seems like so much legalism and rules. Not to mention a TON of hitting your kids with a 'switch'. There were things here and there that made sense to me and I went, "yeah, that could work." But the majority of it seems so messed up. You have the freedom to do what you choose in your own home. I, for one, will not be sleep training or letting a newborn cry it out. I will NOT be aiming to "totally defeat" my children. How sad :(

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