Mother comforting her child

Emotional Manipulators

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Just this week, a family was visiting us in the herb garden while their children played in the yard. The four-year-old girl seemed to be pouty and moody. For a while, she just watched the other children having fun, but didn’t participate. She was the smallest and often couldn’t keep up. After a time, making an attempt to chase after the others, she fell on the thick carpet of grass. She immediately began to scream as if the goat were eating her favorite hat. At the same time, she was doing a stumbling, “pitiful” run to her mother. “Poor child.”… Read More
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Ramblin’

Michael Pearl

A young father dropped by to confer with one of my sons on some item of business. His little boy, not yet two years old, wandered over to the toy box and began to drag out all manner of interesting animals and colorful, noise-making contraptions.

April 2000
19 comments

Preventive Training

Michael Pearl

Dear Pearls,
Our 9-year-old son (the oldest of 5) wakes up wanting to do only what he wants, no chores. He drags through work and often does an incomplete job. He pouts and throws ‘mini’ fits, which includes sunken shoulders, stomping off, etc.

December 1999
20 comments

Rodless Training

Michael Pearl

“Is there a way to train children if you are prevented from Biblical application of the rod?” The Bible says, “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him (Proverbs 22:15).”

June 1999
29 comments

Consumption of the American Male

Michael Pearl

Have you ever seen teenage boys slouching with their pants hanging limp, walking down the sidewalk like a loose-jointed snake?

May 1999
1 comment

Butterflies and Backdoors

Michael Pearl

With five children still at home, their friends come in like mosquitoes in Louisiana; you just try to ignore the buzz and hope they don’t eat too much.

January 1999
6 comments

My Brother is a Brat

Michael Pearl

My 18-year-old daughter calls her younger siblings brats. My son hardly acknowledges he has a sister. Among the younger children there is a lot of anger and they avoid being with each other.

November 1998
2 comments

Something Right

Michael Pearl

Most of our child-training examples come from our friends (at least they were friends before we published their stories).

November 1998
1 comment

My Little Knuckle-Head

Michael Pearl

A little knuckle-head came to visit me the other day. I call him knuckle-head because he is the type that makes people want to give him a rap on the head with their knuckles.

November 1998
2 comments

Angry Child

Michael Pearl

I do have a question. How do I deal with an angry child? When he doesn’t get his way, when I fix a breakfast he’s not fond of, he acts angry and blames me.

July 1998
21 comments

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