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July 23, 2007

Ezzo Week Else-Web

  • ChewyMom shares her experiences--positive and negative--with Ezzo parenting. I "knew" Chewy from the GFI discussion boards (mid-90s) before they were closed without warning. (Interesting sidenote: It seems as if some Ezzo promoters are hoping to resurrect some sort of messageboard.) She was a "Contact Mom" and had a knack of encouraging young mothers--as she does now.
  • A dad compiles a new parents' list of must-haves. Babywise is among the must-haven'ts.
  • Kindly promotion of Ezzo Week over at Quiet Garden--with hints of more posting to follow.
  • ShangriLewis: "You do not need to trick your children into obeying, sleeping, or recieving salvation. These are all gifts from God and we the parents need to look towards the Almighty Grace he has shown upon us."
  • On the first post of her new blog, a mom-of-seven talks about how she used Ezzo parenting and then realized "my children became bitter and angry. Things didnít change until I ditched the program and changed myself. My children are happy children, that love being part of a large family where everyone is included, and where they are permitted to think and discuss what is on their mind."
  • Thoughts of Home writes about Ezzo parenting and what she learned from her mother, a great source of mothering encouragment.
  • Rachel comments on Wisely Raising Babies, and shares common-sense and baby-friendly resources that have helped her.
  • Quiet Garden expands her thoughts on Ezzo parenting, including her first introduction to Gary Ezzo in the early 1990s, sharing details that are new to me. . .
  • Rocks in My Dryer shares the link love.
  • This Classical Life shares encouraging words about Ezzo Week.
  • In Martha's World, you can learn a lot about the biology of infant sleep as well as safe co-sleeping.
  • Batesline Blog has long been part of the TulipGirl Tulsa contingency. . . and so is promoting Ezzo Week as well.
  • Amie writes about the Gospel in parenting and the age of accountability.
  • Anne in Ukraine encourages Ezzo Week posting, too.




If I missed your Ezzo Week 2007 post, please let me know! I'm relying upon Blogsearch and Technorati, and they have their limits.



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 have not heard of Ezzo Week. WOW! I am so impressed that you all are speaking out about this. I will do a post shortly. Thanks for spreading the word. This is very important!!!

Posted by: Colleen Newman at July 29, 2007 09:31 AM

Hi -- I read your Amazon reviews lately and they were a great help in doing research. I just had our first child 6 months ago and am in the middle of a strong Babywise/Growing Kids community and church. I began questioning the methods when reading the book (had two copies given to me!) and then went to do some research online and found your reviews. Thanks so much!

Posted by: Annalisa at August 7, 2007 08:49 AM

Hi tulipgirl, thanks for all this. The link to Amie's blog on the gospel and parenting isn't going through. Could you fix it as I'm really interested in reading it? Thanks!

Posted by: Ashley at August 11, 2007 11:45 PM

I don't like Ezzo's material too much. I think the advice on breastfeeding is horrible. The only time you should schedule a breastfed baby is if he/she doesn't demand to be fed in over five hours. Unfortunately there have been cases of babies not crying to be fed over long periods of time and then becoming malnourished and their mothers losing their milk because the breast is not stimulated enough.

I also find the title Growing Kids God's Way a little arrogant. If I post one of my recipes on line should I write "making tuna/red pepper pasta God's way?" The better wording would be "making tuna/red pepper pasta Emilia's way" if anything.

However... Ezzo is not the only one intolerant of other approaches than his own. I got kicked off an attachment parenting board, who used the word "gentle" to describe themselves, because I happened to say that I really didn't have any strong feelings about spanking either way. In other words, I was not pro- or anti-spanking. I said something like I didn't think mild spanking used by loving parents was abuse but that I respected people who decided never to spank. I also said I believed there were people who definitely should not use corporal punishment, like those with anger management problems or with a history of abusing children in the past.

To make a long story short, I was told to read the site's code of conduct or whatever because I was defending spanking. I challenged the moderator who sent me this note (who is a self-proclaimed alcoholic, somebody I strongly believe should not spank because alcohol often lowers people's inhibitions) to show me where I've actually defended spanking. She again sent me the code of conduct.

What I find really ironic is that this group looks with askance at promoting adversarial relationships between parents and children and assigning negative intent to children's behaviour. But these same people are quick to assign negative intent to their own posters. As I said, when I merely said I wasn't anti-spanking (but not pro-spanking either), the moderator was quick to accuse me of promoting spanking.

Interestingly, this group has a whole section devoted to Ezzo parenting (not in a good light), but sometimes it appears the people who accuse him of being rigid and dogmatic are in their own way just like him themselves.

I guess I just don't like arrogance and intolerance, period.

Posted by: Mamma Emilia at August 16, 2007 03:54 PM


 
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