We Say Good Morning

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Live and learn. Five-year-old Jeremiah stayed with us for four days while his parents attended a funeral out of state. He is a very sound sleeper. Nothing wakes him once he goes out. Just tell him to lie down and in one minute he goes bye bye. But he sometimes wets his bed during the night, so his mother has him sleep in an absorbent garment made for older kids who wet themselves. The first morning, as he got up and was stepping out of his pull up diaper, I said, “Did you wet yourself?” As he pushed his absorbent… Read More
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Training Boys

Michael Pearl

I am often asked how to raise boys. It has been so long since my boys were 12 and 14 that I had forgotten much of what we did, but because we have the Russian boys back with us this summer, relating to them again has refreshed my memory considerably.

June 2004
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Russian Invasion

Michael Pearl

The Russians are coming again! Two wonderfully ornery, hyperactive, attention-needing, hardworking, hard-playing, easy to get along with, thirteen-year-old orphan boys from Russia.

April 2003
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Eating Ants

Debi Pearl

Most parents are too uptight. At least half the joy of life is raising kids. So when Big Papa found that one of our Russian boys had returned the jar of honey to the cabinet without replacing the lid, and 4000 ants were floating in it face down…

June 2002
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Boys, Snakes and Men

Michael Pearl

When I was about twelve, I had 26 snakes in captivity and about fifty lizards. The snakes were non-venomous—what we called spreading adders—pronounced “spreadin-adders." Some people who didn’t know better called them hoghead snakes.

June 2002
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Summertime at the Pearls’ (Once More)

Michael Pearl

Well, it’s summertime again at Cane Creek. Shalom and Shoshanna each have their outside work to do and plenty of chores at home. But there is always time for fun, especially now that we have the Russian orphans back with us for the summer.

April 2002
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Summertime at the Pearls

Michael Pearl

Debi and I had four Russian orphans living with us this summer. What a summer! We discovered parenting all over again. I’d forgotten how much fun it was.

July 2001
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Drug Addicts

Michael Pearl

Several years ago many little boys became drug addicts…

March 1998
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A Mother Asks

Michael Pearl

…In recent weeks things have escalated into what can almost be described as full-fledged gang war between the older and the younger boys…

January 1998
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…And Raymond begat Jubal, and Jubal was a mighty trapper in his day.

Debi Pearl

About one year ago I stopped over at Jubal’s house to pick up something.

December 1997
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In Defense of Boys—Again

Michael Pearl

You are not alone. We have received several letters from confused readers. However, for every confused reader there were ten who found solace in knowing their boys didn’t have a Hyper Horrible disorder.

July 1997
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