On Becoming Childwise Author:Gary Ezzo, Robert Bucknam Parents seek to raise moral and godly children, but many don't know how. Parents and prospective parents often feel ill-equipped for the task of raising righteous children. On Becoming Childwise responds to this need by offering sound, biblical instruction for parents with questions about discipline, parent roles, and other issues. Gary Ezzo, au... more »thor, pastor, and father, and Robert Bucknam, pediatrition, draw from their professional and personal in-the-trenches experiences to offer practical instruction on raising morally responsible children.« less
What the book review doesn't tell you is that Ezzo's "Godly" methods are rejected by the AAP and the churches he has led. He has been excommunicated by more than one church after repeated attempts to approach him about the log in his eye.
Ezzo and his CIO methods may seem like a godsend to parents who just want to get some sleep but remember that your hours of unconsciousness are being paid for by your baby or toddler. Young children need to have their emotional and physical needs met - they need to be sure that someone in the world is looking out for them when they can't . This is not accomplished by abandoning them in monitored increments until they give up calling for you.
I found this book to be a great tool. As with anything, moderation is the key and understanding each of your children's needs over a strict schedule is important. I have a 5 and 7 year old who have gone to bed with no issues whatsoever since we used the basic pattern in this book of eat, play, sleep when they were babies. I recommend it for all new moms.
Parents should be aware that these methods are not best practice for early childhood and can cause lasting harm. A better book would be Touchpoints by T. Berry Brazelton, which incorporates modern research on child and brain development.