How many people know you? I mean really know you. Beyond your favorite color, favorite book, or favorite song. Who knows what lurks in the depths of your mind, what captivates your soul, and why? Who knows your passions? Your fears? Your desires? Who knows all these things about you and accepts you anyway?
I don’t know any person who does, but I do know God does.
This is too important for me not to mention.
The book states: "Give 10 licks at a time, more if the child resists. Be careful about using it in front of others — even at church; nosy neighbors might call social workers."
This is literally a how-to manual on how to abuse and beat your children.
OH MY GOD. Okay stop scrolling and look at me. My mother actually used this book. I am a victim of this piece of literary evil, and let me tell you, it has left me with some seriously deep scars. It got to the point that my brother and I couldn’t even laugh. Laughter was considered “foolishness” and we would literally be struck ten times for it if she heard it. Let me reiterate that.
We could not enjoy ourselves or even be happy without being beaten.
One of the “Christian” cult families introduced this to her and yes, it is basically condoning serious child abuse. I actually personally believe in corporal punishment and let me tell you, THIS IS NOT CORPORAL PUNISHMENT. It is heavy abuse and it’s evil, evil, evil. I’m going to go sign that petition, and so help me, if you know of someone using this book, call Child Protective services immediately. The children of that cult family are now actually being rehabilitated because they grew up like robots. It’s a sick fucking book, okay? Sick. Let’s get this thing banned before it ruins anymore lives.
I am the way I am today because of this hideous thing. I cry every time someone even gently reprimands me. I’m afraid of cutting up in public because I think someone is going to hit me. Worst of all: It taught me to tolerate abuse, that I deserved abuse, and that if someone abused me, I was clearly in the wrong. I can’t possibly begin to tell you how dangerous it has been for me. Thanks to people around me who were raised right, I am only now starting to learn to stand up for myself and that, no, I am not an idiot who deserves verbal, physical, emotional, or mental abuse. I am not just a child who will forever be subject to her power-hungry mother.
Most of all… Children are not animals. And really, who the fuck even treats an animal like that??? Please, if you reblog one thing from me, please let it be this. I don’t want anyone else to go through what I did.what the fuck how did this get published
SIGNAL BOOSTING THE HELL OUT OF THIS.
This topic is extremely important to me, and nothing riles me more than people/media advocating abuse of children. This is a large grey area for many, but I want to highlight the fact that there is a HUGE difference between disciplining with a light spank or slap on the wrist in order to get a child’s attention to stop a wrong/dangerous behaviour and turning them towards their mistakes through other methods of discipline (i.e. time out, loss of privilege, whatever), and whipping/striking them with a switch multiple times in order to break them into submission, or dousing them in cold water.
And may I mention that I found the online print of this book and the passages give reason to use a switch because the child is exhibiting normal developmental behaviour like having the occasional temper tantrum? That’s normal; Beating a child is decidedly not.
This is absolutely disgusting. There is no excuse in religion, culture, or “tradition,” you do not discipline or punish children with an instrument, ever. The fact that Michael Pearl responded to criticism by saying that the 15-inch plastic tubing he recommends in the book is “too light to cause damage to the muscle or the bone” makes me so incredibly angry. IT DOESN’T NEGATE THE FACT YOU ARE USING A WEAPON ON A CHILD.
You don’t treat children like this, you don’t rear children with “multiple licks” of a switch, children don’t learn to be good people through abuse, of ANY kind; you are only hurting them and teaching them you are someone to be feared and that they are helpless, and that the only way they can avoid this is to repress emotions, to monitor themselves to a point of depression and paranoia, or lash out tenfold on someone/something else.
Alright, I have definitely read enough of this and as a Christian, this makes me feel sick to my stomach. This is very wrong, immoral, and frankly, it’s terribly frightening that people actually follow what it says without thinking of what it would lead to.
I’d really like to clear up a few things. Whatever it says, this book has no basis on its teachings whatsoever. It’s certainly- and I repeat, CERTAINLY not from the Bible.
Whoever thinks that this sick, twisted concept of how to raise up your child comes from the Bible- let me tell you earnestly: Please, please don’t jump to narrow-minded conclusions.
There is no way that the Bible, which is the very symbol of God’s grace and love for us, would produce teachings that would lead to abuse such as this. The bible overflows with love and mercy- that of a perfect Father. The actions as described by the authors of this book (or so I’ve read from these various articles about this very book) are pain-inflicting, harsh, and irrational ways of reprimanding a child- anyone with any kind of good sense would understand and know that. It doesn’t make much sense, and rather than show love, it shows tyranny and forced negative control.
The Bible absolutely teaches the direct opposite of this. For example, in 1 Timothy 3, Paul the apostle outlines the attributes that an elder of the church should uphold. For anyone who doesn’t know, an elder is like a leader in a church, someone that should set an example for the other members of the church. Three of them (highlighted for relevance to the topic) are: The ability to teach, being gentle - not violent, and able to manage his family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.
Discipline is needed in teaching your children, yes. If you let your kid do and get whatever they want, they have the wrong mindset about life and… things may not turn out so great for them. However, what kind of understanding and respect comes from constant abuse? Now I don’t know about you, but proper respect isn’t earned by beating up children. Frankly, that would probably lead to further disrespect on their part. Parents are supposed to be there to guide their children, to help them and love them. There is a line between too much discipline and none at all, and this book goes flying (and then crash landing) over the line.
It actually literally goes against God’s teachings of pure love, goodness, and grace towards each other.
This book is the work of people who, whatever their intentions are (whether they’re extremely misguided or rather intentional), definitely don’t know the first thing about the proper raising of children, or even how God loves us- the basis of what they call ‘their faith’. I hate this kind of misguidance, and the worst part is that some people actually believe this. I don’t want people to think that this is what our faith holds as truth because it is far from it.
PLEASE DO NOT BELIEVE WHATEVER IS WRITTEN IN THIS PIECE OF CRAP. IT IS NOT OKAY TO BEAT ANYONE MUCH LESS CHILDREN PHYSICALLY TO THE POINT OF DEATH.
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