Blog summary

This blog is a compilation of my musings on the parenting principles originated by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo. My primary resource is On Becoming Childwise by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam. In my now 4.5 years as a mom, I have explored all parenting styles and have comfortably settled on Ezzo. Here you will find parenting advice that spans the Ezzo parenting spectrum–from couch time and roomtime to first-time obedience and verbal freedoms. Posts will cover the practical details of teaching the defiant toddler to obey to more philosophical thoughts on big-picture Ezzo parenting.

Since my boys are almost 4.5 and 16 months at the time of this writing, my posts and real-life examples will be naturally geared toward this age. And while the blog is titled Childwise Chat, I will draw from other Ezzo books including Toddlerwise, Preschoolwise and occasionally Babywise (I and II). But one of the reasons I so fully believe in the Ezzo principles is that they are so timeless and can be applied to a child of almost any age.



4 responses to “Blog summary

  1. Leticia

    My daughter is in second grade. She has trouble doing her work in class. She does really well at home with homework, but for some reason she is not focusing in class. I would love any suggestions on how to help her focus in class. She is very social, so I know friends is part of it.

  2. Maureen

    Hi Leticia,

    I have a couple ideas. Are you able to work with her teacher on this? Has she tried anything in class such as moving her away from her close friends, moving her away from distracting hallways, etc.? You say she does well with homework, but I would do some more practice time at home. Create distractions during homework time that she will have to learn to overcome. Turn on the TV. Have a friend come over. If she can still concentrate (without too many reminders from you) and still get her homework done, this should translate well into the classroom.

    Also, be sure you are supporting the teacher. What kind of consequence does she get for not getting her work done? Bad grades, detention, anything like that? If a teacher issues a consequence, you must support the teacher and not undermine her authority by putting up a fight or bailing your daughter out. This will go a long way toward allowing the teacher to establish greater authority. If the teacher doesn’t issue any consequences, then I would take that upon myself as a parent. Check in with the teacher once a week and if the teacher says she had a bad week, take away some privilege. If she has a good week, take her out for ice cream or some other treat.

    One last thought is to consider her temperament and do some research on it. If she is so social, she’s likely a sanguine child. It will tell you a little more about her strengths and weaknesses and maybe even a few ideas to over come them. Here’s one link:

    Hope this helps. Good luck!

  3. Have you ever considered adding more videos to your blog posts to keep the readers more entertained? I mean I just read through the entire article of yours and it was quite good but since I’m more of a visual learner.

  4. Maureen

    I have considered it. Unfortunately, this version of WordPress doesn’t support video, but it might be worth it to switch to a self-hosted version. Stay tuned…

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