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November 17, 2004

Gary Ezzo Expose Update

WXYZ - Detroit, MI
Reporting by Steve Wilson and Ann Mullen
Baby Care Controversy, Part 1
Baby Care Controversy, Part 2

KAKE - Witchita, KS
Reporting by Rachel Phillips
Unwise Advice?


Be sure to view the video feeds for the full stories.


Update: Also blogging on the Ezzo investigations:
Uncle Sam's Cabin
Breastfeeding News Weblog
Muslim Mother's Thoughts
Le Sabot Post-Moderne
BatesLine Blog
Challies.Com
Reasons Why
This Classical Life

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Do you live in Michigan? I'm in Warren.

Posted by: Jennifer at November 17, 2004 01:21 PM

No, Jennifer. My brother went to school at Interlochen, and visiting him for graduation was the only time I've been through MI.

We live in Kyiv, Ukraine right now, but Florida is where we go home to.

Posted by: TulipGirl at November 17, 2004 02:21 PM

Thank you thank you for posting the links to this story. I watched both days of the report and I'm more outraged now then I ever was before. We ignore our children's cries because that's what the Father did with Christ on the cross? Oh, no Mr. Ezzo. He's a sick sick man and shame on him for promoting such a blatant misinterpretation of what was going on during the ATONEMENT for heaven's sake! And I've never seen a man so insistent on NOT answering criticism about his program. It seems to me that the more confident you are about your program, the more you would WELCOME criticism so that you could squash it or so you could make sure you were on the right track. Ever heard of peer-reviewed journals, Mr. Ezzo?

Thank you again for posting this information. Ezzo is truly disturbed. I don't know how states can't get on the ball and call this child abuse.

Posted by: Jennifer at November 17, 2004 05:46 PM

Wow. That was well done. I don't think it would convince hard-core Babywisers (as if anything could), but hopefully it will help new parents to be aware of the controversy. They even have a link to Ezzo.info! Thanks for pointing it out!

Posted by: Missy at November 18, 2004 01:37 AM

Both of the programs were good, but the two-parter was better. I'd love to see a good hour long documentary devoted to this subject. Mr. Ezzo scares the bejeezus out of me. The arogance he shows continually is against everything I believe a Christian man should be.

I'd love Mr. Ezzo to meet my children. They're polite, sweet, and generally well behaved. And they're cuddled, kissed, hugged, fed on-demand as infants, held in slings, and taught with love!

I'll never understand how anyone can follow him with the overwhelming evidence against his program!

Posted by: Anne at November 18, 2004 04:32 AM

Anne, an hour long program, huh? Hmmm. . . Someone could really get into the controversy then. Steve Wilson limited his report to Babywise and infants--there's plenty of concern about the religious and older children materials.

I agree, Missy, devotees of the Ezzos won't be swayed. But I think even they will have questions raised by this and I'm excited that the general community will equate Babywise=Bad for Baby.

Posted by: TulipGirl at November 18, 2004 07:43 AM

We didn't use any Ezzo material until our children were older. My youngest, now 10yo, had more exposure to GFI material than the other two. He has been, by far, the one with whom we've had the most trouble. Following the Ezzo plan for older children turned our children into little "moralists." The could spout the right and wrong of things, but they had not incorporated anything into their hearts. It was all about being trained in behavior rather than reaching to their hearts. It also turned their good behavior into ways to get rewarded. They did things for reward, as opposed for the love of virture, which is what Ezzo's plan is supposed to prevent.

We finally gave up on the Ezzo plan when we realized that if we were to follow their corporal punishment regimen, we would have to spank our youngest CONTINUALLY. After we realized that, we decided things weren't working.

Posted by: Kim in ON at November 18, 2004 08:10 PM

Kim, that is a powerful testimony.

Posted by: Kathy at November 19, 2004 02:45 PM

Wow, Kim. . . You know, what you wrote is in a similar vein to what has been shared here and here.

And it's so hard to come to the point where we see that what we did, with much love and the best of intentions, really wasn't the best thing for our children.

While the negative impact of the feeding misinformation is sometimes seen quickly, I honestly think the advice for toddlers and older children is more harmful in the big picture. I know for us it subtly led to an antagonistic parent vs. child relationship. Even now, I see things in my oldest that I wonder--how much of this is residual from the early years Ezzo'ing, and how much of it is simply part of who he is and what we've done since.

Posted by: TulipGirl at November 20, 2004 12:30 PM

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