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For a full list of the current Growing Families International curriculum and other resources, please visit: growingfamiliesusa. From Dr. Derek: We started implementing the principles in Baby Wise with our 4th baby unfortunately we did not learn them before.

What a difference it made to our family. Our first child was a demand fed baby and it was a nightmare. He was more demanding for a long time as a child. With the third we implemented parent-controlled feeding out of our own and with the 4th we used the Ezzo method. It was not like having a baby in the family at all, but rather just like having another child in the family. What a blessing. My 3 teenagers and 1 child are loved by others and are committed Christians. In fact they have their own ministry, sharing the Word of God.

These are common sense principles, not rocket science. I believe our society has lost their common sense. These principles work! My wife breastfed our youngest until he was 3 years old, and he never tugged and begged to be breastfed. He always knew we would feed him when the time was right.

I have seen a patient with 4 year old out of control twin boys, for example, and counsel all my patients to follow the methods of calm discipline with firm boundaries and set consequences. When the parents implement these principles, they have great success. Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo changed our marriage from being child-centered to spouse-centered. We likely could have been divorced if we did not learn what we learned.

Only in Eternity will the results of their ministry truly be known. Thank you so much Pastor Gary and Anne Marie. My wife and I appreciate your ministry so much. From Elma: We have 4 children aged almost 17, almost 15, 13 and My husband is a family physician who went into the pastoral ministry for 2 years, but was forced to resign because we home educate our children.

Our teenagers are committed Christians, others- oriented and a joy to be around. We are so blessed by the Growing Kids International Ministry. Only in Eternity will we be able to fully share what God has done in our family through this ministry! Most the professional training I received involving the care of newborns involved demand based feeding, along with the assumption that a mother should expect to be exhausted from nighttime feedings for the duration of the breastfeeding relationship. When I became pregnant with my first child, I sought the advice of my sister-in-law mother of 5 on child-rearing in general and was introduced to the GFI curriculum.

I studied the Preparation for Parenting material and was pleasantly surprised to find a sound alternative to the feeding methods I had been taught. I employed the parent directed feeding feed, wake, sleep cycle after my son was born and was pleased to find that I was able to provide him with adequate nourishment, all the while getting sufficient rest and enjoying a predictable rhythm of daytime activities. When I returned to work on a part time basis I was able to share with new moms the techniques I had used with so much success.

I now have 3 children. All 3 were content and well nourished throughout infancy as I followed the principles of GFI. In addition I was able to lay the groundwork for future training. I have since chosen to stay home with my children full time.

This site contains pertinent information about the Ezzos and Growing Families International GFI , whether you are evaluating parenting curricula for church or family, or simply curious about the ministry. Their teaching on parenting covers all age ranges of children from the feeding infants, to training toddlers and middle age children to transitioning through the adolescent and teen years.

We have found the teaching biblically sound, practical, and relevant for everyday parenting. Whatever the reason for your visit to this site, we hope that your questions will be answered and you will feel confident both using and recommending the Ezzo parenting books and other resources.

We know Gary Ezzo to be honest and forthright, standing firm in his presentation of biblical ethics in parenting. No doubt, it has been a very humbling journey for them, being caught in the middle of the most ferocious battles of our times, a fight for the hearts and minds of our children. Growing Families International is a Christian ministry which encourages the practical application of biblical truth to parenting. Ordering information is available for the top selling book series On Becoming Babywise, Toddlerwise, Preschoolwise.

As you peruse these pages, we pray that the Holy Spirit will give you wisdom and discernment and that whatever your choice in parenting, your family will bear the markers of ownership by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

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For a full list of the current Growing Families International curriculum and other resources, please visit: growingfamiliesusa. From Dr. Derek: We started implementing the principles in Baby Wise with our 4th baby unfortunately we did not learn them before. What a difference it made to our family.


On Becoming Babywise

Skip to content Babywise. In this revised 5th edition, they have updated their groundbreaking approach which has found favor with over six million parents in all 50 states and has been translated into 16 languages around the world. It is a mindset for successful parenthood. It can help any parent develop a plan that meets both the needs of a new baby and of the entire family.


The book was published in The infant-rearing investigation the Ezzos conducted was performed by GFI and not published or subject to peer review. The book justified the act of leaving a baby to cry alone by comparing that choice to the crucifixion of Jesus: "Praise God that the Father did not intervene when His Son cried out on the cross. A pediatrician for less than a year, Bucknam first heard of the Ezzos while taking a class for new parents. He has been described in Babywise materials as a faculty member of the University of Colorado School of Medicine , but Christianity Today wrote that "three sources" at the medical school confirmed Bucknam had never been hired as faculty.

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