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January 09, 2004

Ezzo in Russian

I'm feeling very grumpy. I'd looked online and in bookstores here to see whether Gary Ezzo's parenting materials had been translated into Russian--and thankfully hadn't found any.

Until today.

One mom who is familiar with both the mother culture of Russia and the Ezzo materials has told me she is surprised that they have caught on at all. The Ezzo materials very much go against the way most Russian mothers think about their babies and families.

It makes me sad that some people embrace grace when it comes from God the Father, but then advocate raising children devoid of that same grace.

Update March 2004: Babywise is now being published in Russian, under the name "How to Teach A Baby to Sleep Through the Night." Bad News. Here's the advertising blurb, po-russki:

Как научить младенца спать всю ночь? Именно так и называется книга Гарри Эззо и Роберта Букнама, изданная новосибирским издательством Посох. Эта книга из серии Тихая ночь посвящена воспитанию детей первого года жизни.
Каких только методик по воспитанию детей не существует!

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Posted by: Missy at January 15, 2004 04:16 AM

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Posted by: Carol at January 15, 2004 03:25 PM

I was given a copy of an Ezzo book when my first son was a toddler. I gave the book to him and he and he gnawed on it while he was teething. After a while my conscience got the better of me and I thought I should at least read some of the book myself before I condemed it to be slobbered on forever. I skimmed the book and wasn't very impressed. Lucky for me I'm one of those people who just *knows* what's right and what isn't (most of the time). My instincts told that the stuff in the book didn't make any sense so I gave it back to my son who promptly lost it in the house somewhere. Since then just about everything I've read about Ezzo and his methods makes me very relieved that I never bothered with the book.

PS, Welcome to the blogosphere.
Samantha

Posted by: Ess at January 15, 2004 07:52 PM

I contacted the Russian man who distributes the Ezzo materials in Russia/Ukraine. So far, he hasn't e-mailed me back. I'm just curious how widespread they are.

Samantha, a teething tool! Probably the best use for the books I've heard yet!

Posted by: TulipGirl at January 15, 2004 11:03 PM

Ezzo is just starting a new cult, over in Oz he is acting like the Scientologists. . .

Posted by: anon at January 16, 2004 07:00 AM

If you visit back, anon, I'm interested in knowing what you mean by "acting like the Scientologists." Do you mean by financial pressure on any who disagree with him? Or heavy advertising/campaigning?

Posted by: TulipGirl at January 16, 2004 09:25 PM

I think Ezzo is a false prophet. His program has weaseled its way into my church and I'd love to get him out of there. I'm glad to see that you share a similar opinion.

Posted by: JD Mays at January 20, 2004 03:13 AM

Hmmm. . . Was contacted by the Russian couple that distribute the Ezzo materials. I've confirmed they aren't widespread in Ukraine (praise God!) but are available in Russia. Workbooks start at 55 rubles for the Toddler Years, and the video package for the GKGW equivelent is 200 rubles. I'm completely clueless when it comes to rubles!

Posted by: TulipGirl at February 4, 2004 05:12 AM

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