Thoughtful Thursday – Babywise?

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For one reason or another the book ‘Babywise’ by Gary Ezzo has seen it’s share of popularity despite a lot of counter-intuitive parenting advice. So who is Gary Ezzo and what are his qualifications? For more information, check out:

Ezzo.info

Babies are ending up hospitalized because Ezzo recommends strict scheduling and ignoring hunger cues and cries. Babies have only a few means of communication at their disposal, and their last resort is crying. Babies cry because they have a physiological or emotional need for something that they cannot get for themselves. It’s difficult to be a brand new person, experiencing the world for the first time with absolutely no means of providing for yourself.

If you are looking for solid, compassionate parenting tips, then you might want to check out some of these great resources and books:

Ask Dr. Dears

Dr. Jay Gordon

Mothering

Sweet Dreams by Paul Fleiss

The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley

Best of all, you have your intuition. So often we get prompts from our brains in the forms of inklings, hesitations, doubts, and so forth. It’s important, as parents, that we heed these signals. The best way to guide our children into thoughtful, successful, caring, and happy adults is to treat them with respect. To show them by doing. When a baby’s needs are met, she learns trust and that provides her with a foundation for the rest of her life.

There are many parenting sources out there. Not all of it is good, nor all of it bad. It’s a good idea to explore – you never know where the next great idea will come from! But it’s also fine to throw out the advice-garbage.

Good luck!