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November 18, 2006

Ezzo.Info Updated

The long-established, carefully documented website about the parenting teachings of author Gary Ezzo has been updated and reorganized.

I've been browsing through the site this evening and really like how easy it is to find key information.

Check out these sections:
FAQS
For Pastors
Quick Start Page
Concerns About Divisiveness
Voices of Experience (Updated!)


If you are a parent who is using Babywise or other materials by Gary Ezzo and wonders "what's all the fuss about," I encourage you to take some time and surf around Ezzo.Info.

Consider the stories of other parents, like you, who liked and used Ezzo's materials and then discarded them. Take note of the documentation and references. And remember that more than any "parenting philosophy" out there, children grow up well when surrounded by parents' love and God's grace.

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Oooh, cool! Ezzo.info is one of the reasons we decided early on not to do any of the Ezzo stuff. That way, when our kids end up in therapy someday, they can just blame us instead of Gary Ezzo...ha!

Posted by: skerrib at November 18, 2006 09:19 AM

The Ezzos were actually at our church a few weeks ago for a parenting conference. Interestingly, one of the moms who went to the conference was talking to me this morning about how stressed she is with her two year old, probably because he won't obey the first time.

Posted by: Amie at November 19, 2006 07:58 PM

The first of my friends is following Ezzo. She's super excited about it b/c all of her friend's who (ab)use it have babies who sleep through the night. (She'll return to work full time 3.5 months after the baby is born.) I don't have a leg to stand on, since my darling doesn't sleep very well. So I talked to her about failure to thrive, Gary's church discipline and estranged child. And now, I pray. And try not to be very frustrated and angry.

Thanks for pointing out this helpful info. Obviously there are people out there who still need to hear it.

Rebekah

Posted by: Fittsy at November 21, 2006 11:58 AM

Fittsy and Amie,

It's very easy to be gung-ho about Babywise/Ezzo. I am not sure what it is about it, but it's one of those things that can easily lead people to jump on the bandwagon. I know I told every pregnant woman I saw that Babywise was the greatest. *blush*


skerrib, I have a lot of respect for those who run Ezzo.info--they really strive to keep things factual and documented.

Posted by: TulipGirl at December 10, 2006 02:50 PM

I was recently discussing Ezzo/Babywise in a forum of Christian moms. I find Ezzo's philosophies to be abhorrent and of course pointed the women there to Ezzo.info.

Someone pointed out that some of the info on Ezzo.info isn't correct and thus, discredited the entire site (which, unfortunately- is the way these things work).

In my experience with using the site, it doesn't hold much water for most women/parents. It is frustrating to me!

This was an argument I received after posting info from Ezzo.info:
"I looked up (and read) every single one of those sites. One of the "accredited" sites had several informational flaws that many would not see. For example, Robert Bucknam, M.D., was referred to as the pediatrician who helped Ezzo write his books. Bucknam openly admits in Babywise that he is NOT a ped., but rather, an OB/GYN who was relating to Ezzo in regards to his own parenting experiences and research. I'm not saying there is not useful information that may be correct on all these sites, but I am very hesitant to believe what I read on a particular site when I notice "little" flaws. A professional site (such as a medical journal or AAP site) would not allow even the smallest flaw. Not recognizing a doctor's specialty correctly is pretty significant!"

So that is what I'm dealing with... I don't know what I can do about it.

Ezzo.info is doing me no good after a "little flaw" ruined the whole batch of info for those I pointed to it. I tried to find more "accredited" sites but only came up with one tiny link and you have to pay to see the rest of the article. It was the *only* link anyone would even begin to consider. http://aapnews.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/14/4/21

Anyway, sorry to barge into your blog unexpectedly! I have visited a few times and am often impressed with what you have to say. I enjoy reading because we have lots in common. I know that this problem of mine isn't your problem at all, I just figured you could relate and sympathize. :)

~Rebecca

Posted by: Rebecca at July 9, 2007 07:51 PM

Yes- me again. So sorry! (again)

I went back and looked around and found that Bucknam IS a pediatrician just as ezzo.info says. Now I'm very thrown off by the commenter I quoted before. Anyway, the thread in which we were discussing this is dead now and I cannot resurrect it as we were all coming dangerously close to getting very angry and hurtful. I want SO badly to set the record straight and say that she wrongly discredited the entire site over that one bit of info, but my conscience won't let me. :/
I dunno though- I might just link to the one thing I found that says he is indeed a pedi and leave it at that? This is tearing me up!

Posted by: Rebecca at July 9, 2007 08:26 PM

Thanks for bringing that to my attention, Rebecca. Considering Ezzo.Info is scrupulously documented and the site owners are sticklers for truth and accuracy, I'm sure that any inaccuracies--perceived or actual--will be addressed.

I don't have immediate access to my copy of BW, but I recall that it was strongly implied if not overtly stated that Bucknam's credentials to be coauthor were in pediatrics. In fact, an Ezzo-defense website says about Bucknam:

Quote: "Dr. Bucknam is co-author of a 10 year, bestselling book, On Becoming Babywise, IS board certified in Pediatrics, IS a member in good standing of the AAP, has privileges in three area hospitals, was Chairman of Pediatrics, Avista Hospital, and currently has a thriving 4 doctor practice of over 15,000 patients."


So, I don't know where the person got their information who stated: "Bucknam openly admits in Babywise that he is NOT a ped., but rather, an OB/GYN who was relating to Ezzo in regards to his own parenting experiences and research."


Related to that, I have yet to see Bucknam nor Ezzo make public any research, nor publish anything related to BW principles in a peer-review study. I'd be interested in reading Bucknam's studies. . .

Posted by: TulipGirl at July 9, 2007 08:29 PM

*L* Looks like we were both posting at the same time.

Ironic, isn't it, that someone was decrying Ezzo.Info for having misinformation with faulty information?

I do know that the site owners are meticulous, check and double check every bit of information they post. I appreciate the plain speaking ways of that site, contrasted with the doublespeak that is rife in Ezzo's writings.

Posted by: TulipGirl at July 9, 2007 08:48 PM

Thank you for the response (and so quickly- wow!). I appreciate it. I did respond to the thread once more just clearing up that one fact, but now I cringe and wait for the consequences. I was definitely in the minority in the midst of a few pro-ezzo moms and I probably shouldn't have started anything to begin with! I now regret it...

Anyway- I appreciate it and it's good to hear from someone who knows that ezzo.info is maintained and kept accurate!

I've added your blog to the links on my page and plan to frequent here more often! So I hope to "bump" into you a little more often- virtually anyway. :)

Posted by: Rebecca at July 9, 2007 10:03 PM

I help administer the Ezzo.info site. You're to be commended, Rebecca, for carefully fact-checking! That is what Ezzo.info strives for, too.

Posted by: Kathy at July 12, 2007 12:24 AM

Hi -

I'm a former babywiser and have been participating in a message board discussion about the book. Someone posted the URL to the ezzotruth site, and is trying to discredit the ezzo.info site because of the claims against Steve Rein. I have seen on this site that the accusations were apparently false, and want to discredit the statement against him, but can't find that information/explanation anywhere. Can you give me better information on this topic?

Posted by: Jessica at January 20, 2008 01:35 PM

I know those claims have been a source of annoyance to Dr. Rein, and the way the sponsors of that site have written it up put him in a position of having to prove a negative.

The "Unprepared for Parenting" article in Christianity Today mentions the incident as an example of the way Ezzo has tried to threaten and intimidate his critics. Ezzo filed a complaint against Dr. Rein and even tried to harass him in his employment, but when the authorities came to check it out, of course the charges were dropped. And that should have been the end of it. There's no truth at all to the insinuations on the site that Steve lost favor with his employer over that or lost his job over it.

The strength of Ezzo.info in my opinion is that it is a collection of critiques and news articles from many, many credible, professional sources. Hopefully parents will engage with the material and make educated decisions for their families.

It is the substance of these critiques that Ezzo, too, should address, rather than staging ad hominem attacks.

I hope that helps.

Posted by: Kathy at January 21, 2008 02:57 PM

Thanks for your reply, Kathy. Good insights. It has been a long time since I read the Unprepared for Parenting article. I must have forgotten that tidbit in there.

Blessings to you and the ezzo.info ministry!

Posted by: Jessica Fordice at January 22, 2008 02:32 AM


 
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