Thursday, December 05, 2013

To Train Up a Child

'To Train Up a Child' linked to deaths -- "Gary Tuchman speaks with author of 'To Train Up a Child', a parenting book linked to several deaths."

Recent and not so recent news have tried to link Michael and Debi Pearl's book To Train Up a Child with deaths in three child abuse cases. CBS asks, "Is Conservative Christian Group, No Greater Joy Ministries, Pushing Parents to Beat Kids to Death?"

I am afraid much of the animus against the Pearls and their book is driven by an "anti-corporal punishment" agenda. Apparently there is an organized effort to flame the book on Amazon. I remember reading the book back in the 1990s, and didn't notice anything that would encourage parents to beat or starve their children. In fact, in my memory, the biggest thing that stands out is the admonition for consistent and deliberate training of children -- as opposed to that which is inconsistent and haphazard.

The Pearls personally and in their book teach against child abuse. Even if you disagree with their methods, please don't be so reckless as to accuse them with promoting abuse and murder.

Responses and Links
* Dead child's mom sought discipline tips
* Hana Williams’ Death – Official Statement
* Response to Schatz case
* Was child abused to death due to advice from book?

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