A parent has to take the Ezzo's suggestions with a grain of salt. "Eat the meat and spit out the bones". They have very helpful advice for structure, discipline and the whole value-system of raising children. It was helpful to know a "routine" to shoot for with each of my children (I have five) and the idea that your marriage should be your highest priority in the family. Requiring my children to use their manners and obey even before they could talk by using sign-language has been successful as well. I would just say that these suggestions not be taken to the extreme - which I see those who follow the Ezzos doing... Children are each unique in the sight of the Lord and they each should be trained according to their "bent". The Ezzos can be a little "cookie-cutter" oriented and I think it can suppress a child's personality if we're not sensitive to this. I am very thankful for the information the Ezzos have passed on, but ultimately, God's Spirit should guide us in how we raise and train His children!
This book is cruel and detrimental. I regret having followed a few of these methods when I was a brand new mom eager for parenting advice. Babies need their needs to be met on demand, not forced into a system they are too emotionally immature to cope with. Even now I get sad thinking about what I put my baby through- trying to implement such techniques. Please research this book thoroughly as to the pros/and cons. Raising children should not be about making things most convenient for the parent, its about caring and loving your child and giving of yourself even when it feels inconvenient. Besides, this period goes by so quickly- wouldn't you love to look back on it knowing you provided all the holding, cuddling and nurturing you could? Personally, I prefer Darn Good Advice: Parenting, by Barron's. It have been by far the most sensible, balanced, and down to earth approach to parenting I have read.
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God gave me my children to love and take care of-NOT to figure out how to make as easy as possible on me. The entire Ezzo series views children as an insult to the parents lives-a nuisance and a bother. These "methods" are nothing short of pure selfishness.
Not as much useful information as the first book. The first book in the series is very helpful. I followed the suggestions in the first book, but more as an outline and not to the tee. I have never had my daughter on a very strict routine. This second book talked a lot about routine, structure, discipline and moral training. It was okay information, but beyond a basic routine I must admit I am not a really structured, routine-oriented person and I don't parent that way either. I also had to laugh when they gave the example, "Do you let your child play with the remote control?" Like this was some sort of horrible crime... Uh, yes I do, she can't hurt it. I don't care if she plays with it! This book made it sound like I was a horrible parent if I let my baby play with the remote or do other similar things. Well, I just don't agree with all that. I am a little too laid back for this method. There is some good general advice, but overall, not applicable for everyone's personality and parenting style.
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I am a parent of preemie twins and this method saved us!!! If done correctly, the "cry it out" method works wonderfully - by day four, your little ones will sleep contentedly & you'll never look back. Well, until they get sick and you decide to break the pattern & rock them all night. Been there, done that! But we immediately went back to the method and it worked great.
I have done this parenting method for all my kids. I have 3 kids and all my kids slept all night by the time they were 8 weeks and I nursed everyone of them tell they were a year old. It works. I love, love, love the book. I believe that babies thrive on scheduling. All my kids did so well on it. If it were not for this book I would never had been able to nursed them for a year and get things done around the house.