Item description for On Becoming Toddlerwise: From First Steps to Potty Training by Gary Ezzo & Robert Bucknam...
Overview Offers advice on getting through a child's developing world in a nurturing and loving way, from the first step to potty training.
Publishers Description "There is no greater fulfillment a parent can receive than the upturned face of a toddler, eyes speaking wonders and a face of confidence in discovering a brand new world with Mom and Dad. In just over a year, the helpless infant emerges as a little moving, talking, walking, exploratory person marked by keen senses, clear memory, quick perceptions and unlimited energy. He emerges into a period of life know affectionately as the Toddler Years. How ready are you for this new experience? The toddler years are the learning fields and you need a trustworthy guide to take you through the unfolding maze of your child's developing world. On Becoming Toddlerwise is a tool chest of workable strategies and ideas that multiplies your child's learning opportunities in a loving and nurturing way. This resource is as practical as it is informative."
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Studio: Parent Wise Solutions
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.24" Height: 0.48" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2003
Publisher HAWKS FLIGHT & ASSOCIATES #485
ISBN 0971453225 ISBN13 9780971453227
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More About Gary Ezzo & Robert Bucknam
Ezzo is a graduate of Talbot Seminary and School of Theology and is executive director of Growing Families International.
Gary Ezzo currently resides in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about On Becoming Toddlerwise (On Becoming. . .)?
Child Training Is Ok Folks Mar 23, 2007
It may not be your choice for how to raise your child, it may not be how your child responds... But folks, we are all different and one thing for certain, Christ taught us not to judge, lest we be judged... All families are different and there is NO NO NO ABUSE advocated in this book!
From a devout Dr. Sears, LLL, attachment parenting Mom--Reb Bradley and Rick Fugate are OK too. This is a method for a more structured family. It isn't for me, but as I say, I do advocate the Child Training Tips in Bradley's and Fugate's books, even for a far less structured mom.
Every family has a system... this may or may not be yours. It is an interesting and insightful read.
Not Babywise Jan 9, 2007
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the original Babywise book. Where as in Babywise the principles made sense, this book starts getting a little more strict than I care to be with my children.
A must read! Dec 17, 2006
As the third book in the series, I found this one almost as useful as the first. I will add, as I did in my review of the first book, that you must read this thoughtfully and use your common sense as you integrate the suggestions into your life. Our lifestyle does not fit their suggestions to a "T" but has helped us teach our son to play happily on his own and also interact well with other children. Isn't balancing life important to all of us these days? Well, this book continues to help our son live a balanced toddler life. He's a happy, healthy, mild-mannered child and I attribute a part of his balance to this book and the others in the series.
Skeptic turned to fan Oct 20, 2006
I have to admit that I very nearly didn't buy this book. I found Babywise to be overly harsh, or at least it seemed to be at the time. I bought Toddlerwise, however, and was really impressed. First of all, let me say that my son is exactly two years old. With that in mind, he is at the middle to older end of the Toddlerwise spectrum. The thing is, as a parent, I was doing a lot of what Toddlerwise recommends before I bought the book. The book just filled in some BIG gaps for me. The first time I tried roomtime my son "read" to himself in his room for 20 minutes while I actually cleaned one of our bathrooms without once having to "yell" at him to stay away from the cleaning supplies. Also looking him in the eye when correcting him and expecting a response really helps us both. He is learning and I feel like I am actually getting through. I couldn't be more pleased!
Loved Babywise, but this is horrible! Aug 2, 2006
I really got a lot out of Babywise - my daughter was sleeping through the nite at 5 weeks. And now that she's almost 14 months, I thought it natural to buy Toddlerwise. Even after reading the negative reviews, I still wanted to read the book to make my own judgment. But the only new information I learned was in one chapter that's not even written by Ezzo. And I got nothing out of that chapter - maybe some parents would be able to tell their toddler to sit on a blanket and play with a specific toy ("Provide a few toys but instruct your toddler to stay on the blanket until Mommy says its time to get off." p.45), but my daughter wouldn't be able to sit still for a minute! And I feel it's criminal to restrict any child to a blanket for a set time with a timer - let alone a toddler! I'm all for structure and routine, and we have a fairly structured day at home. But the sample daily routine that is offered seems so micro-managed, I'm not sure how any parent would have time to do anything else but manage their child's playtime! Here's the example from p.61 (paraphrased):
"7am - Get children up & dressed, breakfast 8am - Free Play Time 9:30am - Structured Play Time 10am - Blanket Time 10:30am - Structured Time with Mom 11:30am - Structured Time with Siblings 12pm - Lunch, clean up, read books until nap 1pm - Nap 3pm - Gym Class 4pm - Structured Play Time with Siblings 4:30pm - Blanket Time 5pm - Video Time 5:30pm - Dinner, clean up, etc (Mom&Dad - Couch Time) 6:30pm - Family Time with Dad & Mom 7pm - Time with Dad 7:30pm - Bedtime"
This example is a simplified version - it's more complicated because the 2 siblings are sometimes doing different things. I chose to paraphrase just one of the siblings' schedules here. I would highly suggest not buying this book - it's a waste of money. Most of the negative comments are warranted - I couldn't imagine ever treating my daughter the way that Ezzo suggests in this book. Even after using the Babywise method, I still feel that using the ideologies in this book border on neglect! Please don't do such a dis-service to your children!