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Unprepared for Parenting

Support and information for those affected by the Ezzos, the Pearls, and other punitive and adversarial methods of child-rearing. They claim to be Biblical, yet they misuse Scripture and weaken and strip parents of an essential God-given gift--their intuition, and leave them unprepared for parenting.


Mama-to-Mama Support

If you haven been affected by the Ezzos, Pearls, or other punitive and adversarial methods of child-rearing and would like support from other mamas, please visit our Unprepared for Parenting forum. Everyone can read the posts, but to post a message you first need to join the messsage board.


  • Confessions of a Failed Babywiser
    by A. Bush
  • Ezzo Parenting
    by Jeri Carr
  • Boot Camp for Babies
    by Rebecca Prewett
  • Ezzo Philosophy
    by Brenda Weatherly
  • Examining the Evidence for Cue Feeding of Breastfed Infants by Lisa Marasco, BA, IBCLC and Jan Barger, MA, RN, IBCLC - Explains how breastfeeding works and why the Babywise eat/wake/sleep schedule is flawed.

    Links to Other Websites

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  • Mothering in the Shadow of the Cross by Rebecca Prewett
  • The Importance of Attachment
  • And the Bible Sayeth, Train up a Child in the Way He Should Go by Dr. William Sears


  • Ezzo.Info - A collection of resources about Gary Ezzo, Babywise, and Growing Families International

    Specific pages on the ezzo.info website:

  • Rebecca Prewett's Family Corner
  • What is Babywise and Ezzo parenting?
  • A Critique of GKGW by Dr. Kent McClain - A summary of the problems with GKGW, including misused Scripture
  • Ezzo-Fied!
  • Have you Decided to Use Materials from GFI? - For friends who are going to use Ezzo's materials anyway, this article is very helpful in guiding them towards "balance." (And remember, for most people who use Ezzo, it is a *process* to get out of it--this article can be a helpful "halfway house.")
  • Case Studies of BW Moms - Illustrates how common milk supply problems are for Babywise moms.

    Message Boards and Email Lists

  • Ezzo Debate Board
  • Aware Parent - A friendly place (message board) for Ezzo parenting philosophy discussions.
  • FreeFromEzzo Yahoo List

    The Pearls, or To Train Up A Child

  • On the Pearls and Parenting from Tulipgirl's blog.
  • Why Not Train a Child?
  • “To Train Up A Child” chapter by chapter review by Wendy (on the Why Not Train a Child? website)

    Tedd Tripp, or Shepherding a Child's Heart

  • Shepherding A Childs Heart [sic] - A discussion on the parentsplace's Ezzo Parenting Debate board.

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