Parenting Principles: Is Raising an Animal the Same as Raising a Child?

Michael Pearl, the controversial preacher who claims in his book, "To Train Up a Child," that God wants you to spank your kids, says "the techniques for training an animal and a human are the same."

"The first principle in training an animal is to establish a relationship of trust," says Pearl. "So the animal knows you're not going to hurt him. The same is true with the child. You establish a relationship of trust. The second one is to communicate your will, clearly."

Mothers in the audience voiced their opposition during the show taping. What are your thoughts after hearing Pearl's principles? Should techniques used to raise an animal be used on a child?

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