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February 04, 2004

Another Mom Speaks Out

Ezzo.Info's collection of stories at Voices of Experience continues to grow.

When I decided to stop using Babywise, it was not a sudden decision but rather a gradual process. . . .After I left Babywise principles behind, my eyes were further opened. For the first time, I could rock my daughter to sleep and not feel guilty. I found myself truly enjoying motherhood and breastfeeding in a new way. My milk supply returned as I nursed before and after her naps. I truly felt freed; because I was unshackled from a set of ideals and could love my daughter and do what I felt was best for her.

Read the rest of A.O.'s story, Mothering With Babywise: My Secret Pain.


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I am so glad I never saw this book! Our former pastor said that parents needed to *take control* over their children and that even a 2 month old that was crying was trying to *control* the parents. I'm glad I didn't buy any of it. I had a very good midwife who told me that a child doesn't get to the manipulating behavior until they are at *least* 18 months old. I breastfed for 7 months, I didn't start solids until about 5 months - I refused to feed solids in a bottle like others were telling me to do - and even now we still co-sleep at times.

I also didn't let my child *cry it out* as I was told to do by other *informed* parents. At times when I knew he was tired we did *the 15 minute* rule. We would lay him in the crib, go out for 5 minutes, then return if he was still crying. We comforted then left again to return in 10 minutes if he was still crying. We left again to return in 15 minutes, but he was always asleep before the 15 minutes was up.

Letting William have his own schedule and abiding by it instead of mine really helped a lot.

Posted by: Christina at February 4, 2004 03:44 AM

Looking back, I realize how much of a "control the children" mindset I had, along with lots of love. I think that control orientation is common, especially in Christian homes.

I'm praying for that desire to control be replaced with nurture.

Posted by: TulipGirl at February 4, 2004 04:19 AM

When I first stumbled across your hubby's site I thought it was very good and entertaining to boot. So of course, I clicked on your site as well.

I have to say I almost quit reading both of you the second I scrolled down and read the link called Ezzo Info. I thought you were promoting the Ezzos.

Couldn't you rename the link? "The Ezzos are Sadists Who Should Be Beaten Onto a Blanket For All Eternity Info" would do nicely and not scare off potential readers.

Posted by: Lana at February 4, 2004 06:18 AM

Hmmm. . . I see your point.

Hubby used to have his link to ezzo.info labelled "Ezzo Is A Chucklehead".

It was surprising how many hits he got from google "chucklehead" seraches!

Posted by: TulipGirl at February 4, 2004 06:53 AM

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