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September 21, 2006

Monty Python Meets Gary Ezzo

Q: What is the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

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I read the discussion. Wow.

Before I had my son (now 3 1/2) our church offered a class called BabyWise. Then, they all of a sudden changed the name to Prep for Parenting. I never took the class so I don't know what exactly was taught, but I can remember a friend of mine following the whole thing religiously and talking about how hard it was to let her kids "cry it out" in the middle of the night, but that soon the crying stopped.

And my first thought was "they learned they can't depend on you and I hope they weren't hungry."

I just find this whole Ezzo thing bizzare. Thanks for getting the word out.

Posted by: Shelley at September 21, 2006 07:11 AM

Thanks for the link! I always appreciate information on Ezzo, it is so very popular in the military community. I feel like if I can help even one family avoid the pain Ezzo can cause with good, solid information that the world is a little better place. . .

Posted by: Amy at September 21, 2006 07:25 AM

I've been lurking at your site for a while now. I think I found it when pyromanics mentioned that you were celebrating Ezzo Week.

I grew up in the founding church of the EPC, attended Calvin College, and have developed a growing interest in all things reformed since my husband and I have been attending an arminian and dispensational church in our community.

One of the larger churches in our town is hosting the Ezzos next month. The station manager at the local Christian radio station hosts Preparation for Parenting at his home two times a year. The station has joined with our church and the host church to promote their conference. Ughhh!!!!!

I coordinate a MOPS group and I have made it very clear to our steering team that I have very strong feelings (negative) about the Ezzos. Unfortunately, one of the gals on the steering team has chosen to follow Babywise. I saw the book at her house when I went to deliver a meal and I asked her if she was following the plan. She said that it made sense to her, so she thought she would give it a try. I shared with her some of the best arguments I have heard against them, but I supect she's sticking with the program. It just astounds me the grip that this method has on people. I enjoyed the screwtape-esque letter in the linked dialogue - there's probably a lot of truth to it!

Thanks again. I've enjoyed your blog. And I'm sorry that your husband got hacked by turkish muslims -- who'da think?

Posted by: Jane at September 21, 2006 08:48 PM

yeah, i really laughed out loud at this one.

Posted by: kate5kiwis at September 22, 2006 01:23 AM

As an older woman who loves her Lord, I would like to encourage everyone to think about the tone of this discussion. As believers, we are set apart from the world by our love for each other. There are many areas that scripture does not address in rearing our children. Whether its schedule/demand feed or homeschool/private/public, we need to remember these are not sin issues. As couples we pray and seek wisdom from others and then make choices that are best for us. We need to really step back and realize that our purpose here is to glorify God in our lives, loving Him and serving Him. Slandering is sinful and I would encourage you all to examine yourselves in this area. We should be about encouraging one another, loving one another and serving Christ. In Titus 3 older women are commanded to teach younger women to love their children, to be kind. Please reconsider the approach you are taking in this area.

Posted by: Susan at September 24, 2006 07:56 PM

Wah! It says I'm not allowed. I've registered, just waiting for approval then I can see what you're talking about.

Posted by: Gem at September 25, 2006 12:02 AM


Thank you for your thoughtful words, and may we all seek to glorify our Lord in our words and actions.

I do believe, however, that sometimes levity is useful when "come let us reason together" has not been as fruitful as we would wish.

Posted by: TulipGirl at October 1, 2006 01:59 PM

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