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July 16, 2007

TulipGirl's Fourth Annual Ezzo Week!

It's that time of year again for our much-anticipated annual Ezzo Week 2007 blog-a-thon!

As always, Ezzo Week here corresponds with Gary Ezzo's Growing Families International National Leadership and Alumni Conference.* This year the conference will be held at Grace Pointe** in Naperville, Illinois, from July 19th through July 21st, 2007.

In recognition of this annual event, here at TulipGirl we will be featuring posts related to Gary Ezzo (of Babywise infamy) and his parenting teachings.

Feel free to jump in to the conversation here! Blog your own experiences and thoughts about Ezzo parenting. Or, pop on over to the AwareParent discussion board.

Wondering why we'd even bother with Ezzo Week? Start here.

And. . . a new addition to Ezzo Week 2007 is the QotD--each day I'll try to answer a question asked by my adored (if not adoring) readership about Gary Ezzo and his parenting teachings. If you are interested in asking something--anything--to be part of our Question of the Day, feel free to e-mail me at EzzoWeek@gmail.com .

*Quite a mouthful to say, huh? Though I'm careful to type the whole title up after being chastised for using the shorthand of "Ezzo conference" several years ago.
**Grace Pointe has not indicated whether or not they support this conference. In years past the GFI Conference was held at churches which hosted but did not endorse Gary Ezzo.

Down memory lane. . .
Ezzo Week 2004 Announcement
Ezzo Week 2005 Announcement
Ezzo Week 2006 Announcement
Ezzo Week 2007 Announcement

This post is part of the Ezzo Week 2007 series, raising awareness about the concerns with "philosophy" of parenting promoted by Gary Ezzo.

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I admire and appreciate your courage, TulipGirl, for taking on this issue that is both painful and close to your heart.

Parents need to recognize that although a parenting manual may contain much "good" advice, it may also have very "unwise" instruction. In this case, the Ezzo's view of children and how parents are "supposed" to treat them seems to wander far from "God's Way".

Simply reading certain books can result in feelings and beliefs that make parents think they have to have an adversarial relationship with their children. These books may give parents the impression that their children's behaviour is sinful, even though it may just be a normal part of their development. I believe the ensuing attitudes cause parents to see their children differently and even cause them to be more likely to deny grace to their own children.

Posted by: Carol at July 16, 2007 08:13 AM

Is it tacky if I point out the irony of an Ezzo conference being held in a place called "Grace"?

Posted by: Rocks In My Dryer at July 16, 2007 09:49 AM

Well, since Grace Pointe offers the entire range of the "Let the Children Come..." series, I'd say that indicates at least tacit support for Ezzo and the Conference.

Glad you're still doing this. I know you'll catch some slack over it. But, there are so many parents out there who still don't realize how significantly different Ezzo is than the other parenting programs out there.


Posted by: Brian at July 17, 2007 11:59 AM

Thank you for the encouragement and feedback.

Yup, Rocks, I know what you mean. . . And thanks, Brian, for pointing out that Grace Pointe offers a whole slew of Ezzo parenting classes.

Do you ever wonder why churches offer the Ezzo classes? After all, Babywise has such a negative reputation in so many secular parenting circles--it's a real turn-off for local parents--and still I see it offered by "seeker sensitive" churches.

Posted by: TulipGirl at July 17, 2007 09:38 PM

Tulip Girl: I wish concerned parents had taken on the late, great (?) Dr. Spock when he discouraged rocking .

Sad so many missed the nurturance, security, and tender bonding that comes from loving arms and gentle waves.

Go for it, be courageous, educate the world. mk

Posted by: maureen kuehne at July 17, 2007 11:27 PM

Hi. I've linked to your site. Thanks for hosting "Ezzo Week."

Posted by: Carole at July 20, 2007 09:34 AM

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