How Early Should I...

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At what age should I start disciplining my children? At what age should I start homeschooling? At what age should I begin teaching my children to work? You must start training your children one year before their first birthday, because if you don’t, they will be trained without your input. A sapling grows the way you bend it. But if you don’t bend it, it will grow and take shape just the same, though not as you would have it. It will be shaped by the prevailing winds, which, you can be sure, never blow in the right direction. From… Read More
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The Flavor of Joy

Michael Pearl

Parenting, like courtship, must be properly seasoned with joy. Parenting without joy is not only tasteless, it is tiresome. Joy is the expression of present life—yet more, it is the energy and vision of life that shall be.

July 1998
5 comments

The Power of the Media Revisited

Michael Pearl

I have new information confirming our former hypothesis concerning the recent technological advances in child training and behavior control.

May 1998
1 comment

Training Fleshy Flesh

Michael Pearl

Occasionally we receive criticism about our emphasis that parents should set up training sessions for their children. Our first book on child training, To Train Up A Child, contained an illustration of how we trained our children…

March 1998
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Sibling Squabbles

Michael Pearl

Children attempt to control their environment, which means the people around them, through pity or threat.

January 1997
4 comments

Training Roseanna’s Flesh

Michael Pearl

Twelve-month-old Roseanna has one adoring mama, one adoring daddy, one adoring five-year-old sister, one adoring seven-year-old brother, and dozens of adoring friends.

December 1996
3 comments

The Folly of Fairness

Michael Pearl

There is a universal tendency to try to make life fair. We tend to think of legislated fairness as equality, when in fact it is inequality. This is so ingrained in us that we equate fairness with justice.

June 1996
5 comments

One More Time

Susanna

Potty Training at Three Months

January 1996
4 comments

Training at Three Months

Michael Pearl

One of the young mothers in the church tells how she trained her three-month-old daughter to cry and whine to be picked up and held.

December 1995
28 comments

Plowing Under Weeds

Michael Pearl

Last week I was in Florida staying in the home of a young family. They had a son, 2-years old, who exemplified good training.

September 1995
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Potty Training Answered

Debi Pearl

In our book, To Train Up A Child, the chapter that has produced the most inquires is the one on potty training infants.

May 1995
7 comments