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July 31, 2006

Ezzo Week Follow-Up

I want to express my gratitude to all of those who participated in Ezzo Week 2006, through blog postings, online awareness-raising, and real-life conversations.

I couldn't keep up with all of the blog and forum postings during Ezzo Week. However, here are some more links from those who joined in:

Mary promotes Ezzo Week at BlogHer--thanks for highlighting concerns about Ezzo parenting and helping to spread the word!

I Want My Candy Back groups Ezzo with Newt Gingrich and Bill O'Reilly--and not in a favorable way!

Curious Goldie ponders trying Babywise on her puppy. . .

Indelible Grace clarifies some thoughts on Gary Ezzo. Her first two posts are here and here.

The Baby Blawg joins in Ezzo Week, too.

Seven Realms gives Ezzo Week a nod as well.

Ezzo makes the DollyMama's "Three Things" list.

Jenn highlights some interesting things in her Ezzo Week post.

Jade boggles at what she sees in Babywise families, even as she prepares for her little one arriving soon. (Congrats!)

Some people have asked me why I still draw attention to the concerns about Ezzo parenting--after all, no one still actually follows Babywise, right? Sadly, that's not the case, and several new parents are implementing Ezzo ideas wtih their little ones:

Ethan's mommy
talks about Babywise in the first week. As does Eliana's parents in their post Sleepless Nights 101. And Bree is reading Babywise with her newborn. Eli's parents give a four week report and praise to Gary Ezzo. And the Tidwell's little one still isn't born, but they're wondering if Babywise becomes second nature.


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Thank YOU! I truly hope those young mothers who are being influenced by Ezzo will open their minds and clearly examine the possible ramifications of following his advice. There IS a better way.


Posted by: Carol at August 1, 2006 08:16 AM

There is a woman in my church who gave birth to twins two months ago, and she is a die-hard Babywise proponent. She has passed on her passion for it to two other new moms. It isn't going away.

Posted by: Kim in ON at August 1, 2006 11:04 AM

Whoever thinks Babywise is no longer being implemented must be living in a happy dream world. My church is filled with Babywise families, and even when I am in random public places I hear people talking about using it. Thanks for continuing to promote "Ezzo-awareness"!

Posted by: Carolyn at August 1, 2006 11:40 AM

If our church is any indication, Ezzo is alive and well in the Christian culture.

Posted by: Amie at August 2, 2006 03:35 PM

When you see posts on other blogs about people who use Ezzo material do you leave a comment with your opinion or a link to your Ezzo material?

Posted by: christina at August 2, 2006 08:23 PM

Christina, sometimes I do comment when I read about parents trying out Babywise. But I try to only comment when I believe I can say something that is encouraging to parents. . .

I'm still amazed myself, at times, at how often the Ezzo materials are promoted in churches, either formally or informally. I'm sorry to here that you see it often in your circles, Amie, Carolyn, and Kim.

Oh, Carol! I'm so glad to see that page up again!

Posted by: TulipGirl at August 2, 2006 09:50 PM

Just want to thank you again for opening my eyes to the Ezzo downfalls. I recently had my second baby and am so glad that we no longer allow "crying it out." Yes, I do allow him to fidget and fuss a little because it seems to help him settle down to rest, but I feel good about reassuring him and letting him fall asleep peacefully, knowing that I'm right there loving on him until he's floated away to dreamland. I feel badly about letting my firstborn "cry it out" but my husband reassures me that we didn't always do this, but that we did try to figure out what eventually worked best for her (which wasn't that).

I have a friend right now who wants to get the "spanking rod" promoted by other GKGW families in her church. I'm not sure how to approach this, but I've told her a few times how she could be reported for abuse for using an object to discipline. Her promotion of it includes being able to use something that hurts but doesn't leave a mark. Any advice?

Thank you again for not being judgmental. I still feel badly about using some of their techniques because parenthood is not a science, as they seem to present it, which often produces more guilt and anxiety, which we mothers don't need any help producing on our own.

Posted by: Christian at August 3, 2006 01:06 PM

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