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July 13, 2006

Ezzo 'Round the Blogosphere

Kim at Upward Call has a thoughtful, balanced post on Ezzo parenting. She speaks first-hand, having used the Ezzo ideas with her children, and then distancing from them when she saw the negative impact it had on their family. "It creates a situation where "performance" is so focused on that one cannot really be sure that the child is obeying because they want to or because they're just good at providing the correct response." The comments are worth reading as well.

Phil Johnson gives a nod to Ezzo Week in the sidebar of the PyroGuys blog. I'm blushing. He goes further into the ongoing patterns of avoiding accountability in the comments at Kim's.

Camille, aka Dr. Lewis, highlights Ezzo Week for her readers and students.

SchoolOfMom questions what qualities one would look for in a parenting teacher. Personally, I find that I listen to my own mother more and more as the years go by.

Gid gets the the heart of grace in parenting when he writes, "Am I parenting my children the way that God parents me? Though, the problem with my last question is that a lot of Christians are so busy punishing, chastising, disciplining, and belittling themselves that they don't have a clue how God parents them. . ."

Did I overlook your Ezzo Week 2006 blog post or web page? Feel free to link to it here--and thanks for joining in!

This post is part of the Ezzo Week 2006 series, raising awareness about the concerns with "philosophy" of parenting promoted by Gary Ezzo.

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Hi -

I thought of you all (the anti-ezzo readers of tulipgirl...and tulipgirl herself) this week. We're going through Dan Doriani's book on becoming a Godly man (it's a great book, and I can't even remember the name...) and he had a chapter on Discipline that was phenomenal and flew in the face of alot of Ezzo's teachings.

I wish he would write a full book on discipline and what it should look like because alot of what he said just made sense. It was great because it just made alot of sense and didn't have this huge pressure on the method and your performance as a parent to bring your kids around. It centered around how good was your relationship with God and if you showed them justice, mercy, and faithfulness.

Anyway, it's a refreshing chapter of a refreshing book and I just thought I'd share :).


Posted by: Pete at July 14, 2006 10:01 AM

Hey, Pete!

Is the book you are talking about Life of a God Made Man?

Posted by: TulipGirl at July 14, 2006 03:40 PM

Yup, that's the one. That's like the third time the title of the book just slipped for me.

Anyway, I totally reiterate that I think he should do a full book on parenting.

It just makes more sense than alot of what is out there; it has less to do with performance and more to do with a relization that you aren't perfect and still God uses you.


Posted by: Pete at July 14, 2006 03:56 PM

That was one of the most last-minute posts I have ever done, and it generated the best discussion. I'm glad it didn't deteriorate into controversial discussion.

I tell you; you want to generate comments? Just mention Gary Ezzo.

Posted by: Kim in ON at July 15, 2006 04:15 PM

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