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. We subsequently implemented the principles in Growing Kids God's Way and Reflections of Moral Innocence in our family. 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. I have seen over 150,000 patients as a family physician and have used these principles to counsel parents with great success (by God's grace). These are common sense principles, not rocket science. I believe our society has lost their common sense. These principles work! These parent-contolled feeding principles improves people's lifestyles and makes having a baby in the family an enjoyable experience. 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. I highly recommend the Ezzo's ministry and all their series to people who want to raise morally responsible, enjoyable youth. 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.Growing Kids God's Way changed our lives. 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 11. We went through Preparation for Parenting, Preparing for the the Toddler Years, and then Growing Kids Gods Way in 1996 and subsequently. We are currently doing 'Reaching the Heart of your Teen'. We have been blessed so much by these series - God has worked in our family and we are so thankful for the Ezzo's ministry. 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 not out of the woods yet, by God's grace we are learning and growing all the time, but we are learning and growing together. 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!
Dr. Derek and Elma
As a Growing Families International(GFI) alumni, mother of 3, homeschooling parent, and RN with clinical experience in Labor and Delivery, postpartum and newborn nursery, I am an enthusiastic supporter of the principles found in the GFI materials. 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. My husband and I have attended the Growing Kids God's way (GKGW) 18 week course twice and are enjoying much of the fruit of having applied biblically founded child training principles from the get-go.
Cathy Rape, RN
Those looking for information about Gary Ezzo, Anne Marie Ezzo, or their parenting books, CDs and DVDs such as On Becoming Babywise or Growing Kids God's Way, will find it here. 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.
All of the sponsors of this site know the Ezzos personally, and have used and taught the Ezzos' parenting curricula for many years. We have personally taught Preparation for Parenting, Preparation for the Toddler Years, Reflections of Moral Innocence, Preparation for the Middle Years, and Growing Kids God's Way. We have also read Babywise, Toddlerwise and the rest of the "wise' books. 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. Through the GFI ministry, the Ezzos are responding to what they have determined is their life's call to serve the Kingdom of God. 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. But through it all, they have experienced God's glory and faithfulness to them as they never waiver in putting forth the case for biblical parenting.
We invite you to visit the Ezzos' official ministry web site at www.growingfamiliesusa.com or www.growingkids.org for more details. Growing Families International is a Christian ministry which encourages the practical application of biblical truth to parenting. The GFI website features information about the ministry's parenting resources, commonly asked questions and testimonials, as well as helpful articles on various aspects of raising children, from feeding infants to rebellion in the teenager. Ordering information is available for the top selling book series On Becoming (Babywise, Toddlerwise, Preschoolwise. . .) and other books written by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo and pediatrician Robert Bucknam, M.D.
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.
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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.
Galatians 6:9-10 NKJV