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September 26, 2005

Ezzo Debate Board Closing

The Parent's Place Ezzo Debate Board is somewhere I lurked when I was still using Ezzo's materials and thought all the nay-sayers "just didn't understand."

When I first started questioning Ezzo parenting, the Ezzo Debate Board was where I was able to ask my questions and be treated with respect and get thoughtful answers.

As I left behind Ezzo parenting, it was a place where I vented and dealt with a lot of the hurt and anger and confusion that came with having believed something and then seeing how unBiblical it was.

And the Powers That Be have decided to close the board.

Sure, the traffic hasn't been that high on it lately, but it really is a unique place online. The other Ezzo-related resources just don't fill the same niche.

Unprepared for Parenting isn't a "debate board" though discussion on various aspects of Ezzo's teachings is welcomed.

Awareparent.net does encourage dialogue and discussion, but it isn't as public as the Parent's Place board has been.

The FreeFromEzzo Yahoo group is focused on "recovery" from Ezzo parenting, not debate.

Ezzo.info is an amazing and well-documented clearinghouse of Ezzo related information. But no debates are hosted there.

So. . . I'm sad. . . And I really appreciate the people who spent so much time with me and other Ezzo mamas, gently and patiently challenging our assumptions.

Key threads from the archives:
Ezzo Parenting Controversy 101
Evaluating Biblical Arguments
Evaluating Ezzo's Logic
Logic Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

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Hmmm... You could take it over? (You busy mom of four, you!)

Posted by: Carol at September 26, 2005 10:10 AM

Yep, I was a bit sad, too, although I admit I've been frustrated at the lack of new posts (not that I've posted anything myself!).

It was huge in my Ezzo transition as well. Like you, I thought those people didn't understand or were unbiblical at first. I spent HOURS debating/arguing in favor of Ezzo on that board. And it has been such a blessing to have those same women treat me with kindness and joy when I slowly "came out of" my Ezzo parenting ways.

I'm sorry to see it go....

Posted by: Chewymom at September 26, 2005 09:56 PM

I don't know where all the conversation went, really. When they changed the message board software, that cut traffic down a lot. I thought the Awareparent board might be able to pick up the slack but so far it hasn't.

But really, I don't quite understand how such a formerly active discussion could die so thoroughly. I suppose one reason is that Ezzo's classes, though still being offered around the country, are no longer the hot trend they were in the mid to late 90's. I was reading a quoted section of the first CRI article and this caught my eye:

"Given the skyrocketing influence of GFI within evangelicalism and the culture at large"

Well, it's not skyrocketing within evangelicalism any more, although possibly in the culture at large: I suspect Babywise has made big inroads--yes? no?

Be that as it may, the message board at http://awareparent.net/forum is there for the same purpose as the Parents Place board. I pray the Lord will lead those there who need to talk things through.

Posted by: Kathy at September 28, 2005 12:41 PM

I think like four or five women at our church have asked me about Evelyn's eating and sleeping habits and how I'm doing and brought up Babywise, reccomended it, and offered to lend us the book. We both just sort of shrug and say that's alright, we're not interested. I really don't know where to begin. I'm really glad you've posted so often him, otherwise I'd probably be doing some form of Babywise, moreorless, since it's what everyone around here does.

Posted by: Sarah Jones Mosley at October 4, 2005 10:25 PM

I have lots of friend who use the Ezzos material. Do you have any suggestions for how I can go about gently and patiently "challenging their assumptions"?

Posted by: Carolyn (cdaisy113) at December 21, 2005 09:42 AM

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