MP Nadine Dorries Calls On Amazon To Ban Parenting Book That Advocates Beating Children

14/08/2014 16:55 | Updated 22 May 2015

Nadine Dorries

What would you do if a book existed that promised you 'no more raised voices, no bad attitudes, fewer spankings, a cheerful atmosphere in the home and total obedience from your children'?

Buy it? Ban it? Treat it with indifferent contempt as the latest way to make a quick buck out of telling us how to raise our kids?

Well, Dear Parent, it does exist, and has done so for 20 years. It's called 'To Train Up A Child' and it is causing one gi-normous kerfuffle after MP Nadine Dorries called on Amazon to stop selling it.

The book, which has attracted more than 2,000 Customer Reviews since Ms Dorries made her protest, is written by a Christian couple called Debi and Michael Pearl.

According to the Huffington Post, a copy of the book was found in the home of Larry and Carri Williams in the US who this year were convicted of manslaughter after their 13-year-old adopted daughter Hana was found naked, frozen to death, outside their home.

She had been kept in a locked closet, starved for days, forbidden from using the bathroom and beaten daily with a plumbing tool.

Why anyone would want to buy such a book is beyond us, but should it be banned from sale?

Nadine Dorries thinks so. She asked Leader of the House of Commons Andrew Lansley if he would 'use his good office to apply pressure on an issue that has come to my attention in the last 24 hours'.

She added: "It is regarding a book which is for sale on Amazon called How To Train Up Your Child by Michael and Debi Pearl. It actually advocates the beating of children, under the age of 12 months, using a switch.

"And the book recommends that a switch be cut from a willow tree and be no longer than 12cm in length and 8cm in diameter. The book advocates the use of paddles, rulers and other means to beat children from four months onwards."

Ms Dorries, who appeared on I'm a Celebrity, said she had written to express her horror about the book's sale to the Departments for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Education, and the Prime Minister David Cameron.

The MP's office is lobbying Amazon to remove the book from sale, though it has been available to buy since 1994.

Mr Lansley said he believed MPs would be 'rather shocked by what she's described' and promised to raise the issue with DCMS and the Department for Education."

"I hope there will be a proper response from those who are responsible for Amazon's marketing of this," he added.

Here at Parentdish we believe our readers should make up their own minds, so we've re-produced the book's foreword so you don't have to part with a penny to read what all the fuss is about.

It states: "Three thousand years ago, a wise man said, 'Train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it'."

Then it continues: "Good training is not crisis management; it is what you do before the need of discipline arises. "Most parenting is accidental rather than deliberate. Imagine building a house that way. We don't need to reinvent training. There are child training principles and methods that have worked from antiquity.

"To neglect deliberate training is to shove your child into a sea of choices and passions without a boat of compass.

"This book is not about discipline, nor problem children. The emphasis is on the training of a child before the need to discipline arises.

"It is apparent that, though they expect obedience, most parents never attempt to train their child to obey. They wait until the behaviour becomes unbearable and then explode. With proper training, discipline can be reduced to 5Slideshow-84590%

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