When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. Even now, whistleblowers after all, this is what an intervener is at a base level are not treated well. Dave Pelzer, the author of the autobiographical book, A Child Called It, shows the very dark corners of child abuse by viewing to the readers his horrific life as a young boy living with his mother that constantly abused him. This book was a hard one to read yet I couldn't put it down. How can you sit around watching a sick person torture your son and not do anything? Most of you would never treat a child like that anyway, and if you would, no amount of reading about it would change your opinion that you're in the 'right'. Dave Pelzer, the author of the autobiographical book, A Child Called It, shows the very dark corners of child abuse by viewing to the readers his horrific life as a young boy living with his mother that constantly abused him. In short order, young Dave Pelzer was in a police car and was take to the San Mateo Juvenile Department to safety.
His mother believed she was in charge of disciplining him and felt that his father had undermined her authority. These punishments Dave had gotten since four years old or so are so radical and crude that I am skeptical of what have really happened. Her father sought to control her with force, perhaps fearful that she would become pregnant before marriage, as her sister had done. At home his mother alternated between whipping him with a dog's chain or beating him on the back of his legs with a broom handle. Based upon the reading of chapters 10-12 of the textbook Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect, we can identify a number of interventions described and not described that could have been differently, which more or less of might have changed the events of the story, freeing David from his suffering at a much earlier date.
In the book he refers to his relatives by pseudonyms. Evidently, his mother was not always abusive. I loved this first book so much that I even continued on to the next book! In one part David's mom is really nice to him and his brothers and in a few years she is treating his brothers the same but is beating him constantly. He only had water that he stole from the corners of ice trays. David was beaten everyday as a child. But I'm going to say what I can. Apparently, there is some doubt on whether the story is actually true, or whether the author merely made the whole thing up.
What is the point of that? The fact that it was a real story made it way sadder. I know it's not nice to burn, stab, poison, starve or otherwise torture your kid, but damn! The book ended in a cliff-hanger fashion which annoyed me. It kind of just makes you want to go home and tell your parents that you love them, and then bawl your eyes out. Being able to push out a baby does not make you a mother. Paraphrased, Pelzer said in the afterword of his book that his objectives for his story was to show how a parent can become abusive and how the human spirit can triumph and survive. Anyway, this isn't about me so instead I'll say that no matter what, I'm glad I read it. The nurse now decided that she had had enough.
I know it's the first part in a trilogy, but I doubt I'm going to read the other two books. He was not fed dinner because he didn't get finished with his chores within the required time. With the subject of team intervention in mind, we will need to begin the as the book started, with the active intervention by the school nurse and other professionals into Dave's life. With even fewer tools and training in their kit to deal with the issues at hand, one must understand their reticence and admire their courage at intervening to help young Dave, an intervention that undoubtedly saved his life. May they then move on to something better. Perhaps worse than the fact that Pelzer is, shall we say, probably somewhat fluid with the truth, is the fact that he's a dreadful writer.
I don't know enough about the controversy to speculate, so I will just give the author the benefit of the doubt and assume this is indeed a factual memoir of his childhood. I wanted so badly to pluck David out of the story and hide him away from this vicious woman who to me was never truly a mother, but a monster who took her anger out on a weak small child. If you're a mother it will probably be especially hard. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games—games that left him nearly dead. A section with numbers to call for more information on child abuse is also included. I couldn't do that while reading it though.
The movie is in pre-production, with production set to begin in Spring 2018. This purpose of this paper is to provide the reader with an informative outlook on child abuse and neglect. His teachers stepped in on March 5, 1973, when 12-year-old Pelzer was placed in foster care. Ziegler was overjoyed to learn that Dave has graduated college and become a successful teacher. The way it was done was very sickening to the point where I feel like vomiting and crying. Be sure and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates. It is even more sad because it is real.
At one point when i was reading the part about the bathroom and mirror treatment, i almost cried. Ironically, his siblings were not abused. I can relate to the terror little David has to go through, because my mother wasn't much different from David's mom. And even if he was abused as a child, I honestly believe he embellished his stories to the point of absurdity, and that is what makes me angry. What kind of mother would want to hurt their own little child? To beat the deadline, Dave would grab the plate and swallow the food without chewing. I think I had literally repressed the memory of it, until I randomly happened across the title this week.
In American society today we fail to address several issues that need to be addressed. He does not have any complaints. Pelzer, and his alcoholic mother are the characters as well as the foster care family. David's mom's actions can prove that wrong. Eric's Goodreads review says pretty much what I would say. He gets abused by his mom everyday without a break.
Dave is forced to do all of the chores in the house. Our every whim was fulfilled with love and care. There's no other explanation for the awful things she subjected her son to. This did not make Dave bitter, however—instead, it made him resolve to give his son the kind of life full of love that he did not have. Through all the hardship he strengthens himself with plans for the future and makes it his mission to survive. One of the major problems that lead to child abuse is family problems. This is a book about a child his name is David.