The latest in the terrible saga of the death of Sean Paddock can be found here. Warning: it makes for painful reading.
The errors in parental thinking that are revealed here can be traced to the instinct for authoritarianism. Instead of attempting to find out what caused Sean to wander at night, instead of seeking to find consensual solutions to the problem (you know, like take him into one's bed for a cuddle...that sort of thing?), she believed that instant obedience through physical force was the way to go and it ain't that hard to see how she could extrapolate in such a way from the teachings of the Pearls. *
And note this from the same article:
"Investigators say Paddock had also been whipping Sean's 8-year-old sister and 9-year-old brother with the thin, flexible pipes. She faces felony child abuse charges in connection with their injuries."
Yup, that's right. Lynn Paddock faces felony child abuse charges, as indeed should all those who follow the child beating teachings of the Pearls.
*From another article in the News and Observer (all credit to that journalist for sticking with this story):
"This is a sampling of Pearl's advice from "To Train Up a Child" and his newsletter, "No Greater Joy":
PROBLEM Baby bites during breast-feeding
SOLUTION Pull baby's hair
PROBLEM Boy is a crybaby
SOLUTION "When he begins to scream his defiance or hurt, just ignore him. ... If he demands attention to a supposed wound, then reach in your purse, pull out a terrible tasting herbal potion and give him a spoonful. After he gets through gagging on the vitamin and mineral supplement, tell him that he is now completely healed, and invite him to come back for another dose if he again gets hurt."
PROBLEM Rebellious child who runs from discipline
SOLUTION "If you have to sit on him to spank him, then do not hesitate. And hold him there until he has surrendered. Prove that you are bigger, tougher, more patiently enduring, and are unmoved by his wailing. Hold the resisting child in a helpless position for several minutes, or until he is totally surrendered. Accept no conditions for surrender -- no compromise. You are to rule over him as a benevolent sovereign. Your word is final."
PROBLEM Child whines to mother after father disciplines him
SOLUTION Mother must go over to child and "give him one or two licks on his exposed ankles or legs while commanding, 'Obey your father.' "
PROBLEM Child lies
SOLUTION Switch him 10 times at noon each day. Make him pick the tree branch.
PROBLEM What to use for a rod
SOLUTION For babies under age 1, a footlong willow branch shaved of its knots. For older kids, plastic plumbing pipe, a 3-foot shrub cutting or a belt to help turn a child "back from the road to hell."