Category Archives: Ezzo/Babywise

Ezzo Week 2011

Tulipgirl is once again spearheading EzzoWeek, to coincide with the Growing Families International (Gary Ezzo’s for-profit company) annual conference. Tulipgirl is an articulate and abundantly charitable critic of the Ezzos, who was once on board with the Ezzos’ methods and … Continue reading

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“Because when the kids are grown and gone…”

So much “oh my gosh you HAVE to have a weekly date night” advice is given to young couples on the basis of: “You don’t want to wake up as strangers when the kids are gone.” My nest officially emptied … Continue reading

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Against Patient-Centered Pediatrics (a Babywise parody)

Thanks to a friend for pointing out the new manual, On Becoming Elderwise, from my favorite “renowned expert in everything,” Gary Ezzo.  Actually Ezzo hasn’t written anything on that age group yet, but Dr. Momma has a little parody for … Continue reading

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Grace-ful Parenting of Toddlers

I wrote this to a blog friend awhile back and she reposted it on her blog recently, saying the thoughts it contained were useful.  Maybe it will help others, too. I agree with the commenters above although I think the … Continue reading

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Michael Pearl Responds

I have posted about the beating death of the little Liberian girl Lydia Schatz at the hands of her adoptive parents, and the beating-unto-intensive care of her Liberian older sister Zariah.  [Chico Enterprise-Record Feb 10: Paradise Parents Face Murder, Torture … Continue reading

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More Christians Speaking out against the Pearls’ Teachings

2/26  Update on the Schatz case:  http://www.paradisepost.com/news/ci_14469888 Salon Magazine’s article “Godly Discipline Turned Deadly” portrayed the Christian response to Lydia Schatz’s death at the hands of her parents as “whispered fury.”   There’s actually been plenty of that prior to this … Continue reading

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When Parenting Kills – A Challenge to Men

Paul (who was quoted in the Salon article about Christians beginning to speak out against the Pearls’ extreme and wrong-headed disciplinary recommendations in the wake of the tragic death of Lydia Schatz) throws down a challenge to men and fathers … Continue reading

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When Parenting Kills – What Can We Do?

A child has been killed, and her older sister hospitalized as a result of their adoptive parents’ application of disciplinary techniques they evidently felt were called for.  Presumably the parents believed that they had not “crossed the line”  since this … Continue reading

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‘Metochoi’ is gone.

I met ‘Metochoi’ on a message board about the controversial Ezzo parenting curriculum. He was a pastor of a little church in Nowhere, Texas whose church had been torn up by adherents to the curriculum.   He was mad.  A … Continue reading

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6th Annual Ezzo Week(end)

Tulipgirl held her 6th Annual Ezzo Week(end) and I missed it!  I was gone on vacation that weekend – poor planning!   ;-) Here’s the official link: http://www.tulipgirl.com/index.php/2009/07/our-6th-annual-ezzo-weekend-2009/ It’s important for parents to consider well and to educate themselves on the … Continue reading

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A Mother of 5 Re-examines Christian Parenting

Stephanie, a wise mother of 7, wrote the following to encourage a mother of 5 who feels that using Gary Ezzo’s Growing Kids God’s Way and Michael Pearl’s To Train up a Child materials damaged her older children and who … Continue reading

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Amazing Mothers and Newborns

You could take it as an insult, but God does not rely on our capacity for rocket science when it comes to seeing that the next generation is cared for. Instead he evidently front-loads the system to make a few … Continue reading

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Parent as Gentle Shepherd – updated

For parents of younger children — Molly in Alaska’s blog post called Gentle Shepherd Parenting: A Tale of Three Markers is not only a great post in itself, but also has generated interesting comments. For parents of older children — … Continue reading

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Observations for Parents

While we’re on the subject of parents learning as they go, starting from the early naivete of being a new parent and having your early fears and idealism exploited by some author’s misbegotten plan that’s more analogous to obedience-training your … Continue reading

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What Makes a Mother Do This?

I received a disturbing letter from someone who was under the influences of the promises and fear tactics of a book on “infant management.” Such books lure inexperienced or overwhelmed parents with a promise (sleep through the night, raise a … Continue reading

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Christian mothers, fathers, teachers, artists…

One of the saddest things is when a hardworking mother or father or teacher (or artist or other good workman,) already in danger of burning out, is made to feel that he or she has failed to serve God (or … Continue reading

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Positive Discipline Ideas

Need a little refresher on handling normal daily discipline stuff with little kids?  I just bumped into a nice list of ideas: http://wikiparenting.parentsconnect.com/wiki/Positive_Discipline_Ideas

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Hold On to Your Kids

I wanted to share this wonderful podcast episode with you all.  Dr. Neufeld (father of 5, grandfather of 3) discusses the importance of parents in the lives of their older kids. The subtitle of his book is “why parents need … Continue reading

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It’s Ezzo Week(end) 2008

Once again this year Tulipgirl is observing Ezzo Week.  Blog your story, submit a comment, reflect on how Ezzo parenting has changed over the years… As an example of the latter, I submit a page from the 1990 edition of … Continue reading

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Enjoying your current child

A few years ago my mother mailed a pile of old books to me that she had saved, and Marguerite de Angeli’s Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes was one–thank goodness for moms! I paged happily through it, remembering … Continue reading

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