Tag Archives: To Train Up a Child

An Open Letter to Debi Pearl

Screen Shot 2013-11-08 at 5.31.15 PM

“I know this may be hard for you to hear, Debi, but many parents who read To Train Up A Child come away viewing their children’s normal behavior as sinful and interpreting their children’s natural needs as selfish as a result. They don’t come away with the idea that they should listen to their children or try to understand what makes their children tick, because that’s not in there.”

Read more

Have I Forgiven Them?: Katharine’s Story

Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 9.12.37 PM

“My parents have apologized for things that never bothered me — criticizing me too much, fighting too much. I know they love me, but they will never see that their insistence on those rigid Christian values and their insular homeschooling, their need to shelter us, are the things that have harmed. They did not cause my little sister to become suicidal, but like a mushroom grows best in moisture and the dark, the conditions were there.”

Read more

Corporal Punishment and The End of The Red Stick: Heather Doney’s Story, Part Two

Screen Shot 2013-09-10 at 7.44.43 PM

“The red stick had started out as a handle to a child-size broom and then when the broom broke 25 years ago, it became a toy (a walking stick, a bat, a pretend sword) left in the yard until my Dad picked it up off the patio one day, tapped it against his palm a few times and said, ‘This would make a real good spankin’ stick.'”

Read more
« Older Entries