Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Ezzospeak Dictionary

Upon reading the book "On Becoming Babywise" you see that author Gary Ezzo comes across as being a very reasonable voice in the often contradictory recommendations of parenting. Upon closer examination, however, we see that sometimes he applies different meanings to words or phrases than that which is generally accepted, and this can lead to some confusion when discussing the book.
For example, he claims the Parent-Directed-Feeding program is flexible, but his idea of flexibilty is much too rigid to meet the recommendations of Pediatricians and Lactation Constultants.

Therefore, I have arranged The Ezzospeak Dictionary to help you understand Ezzo's book.

These terms and examples come from the 1998 version.

Usual meaning
Babywise Usage
To hinder or obstruct
To soothe as in “Is it a good idea to block crying?” p.139 
Direction, leadership
Ignore    (45 minutes of crying is called “parental guidance” on pg 123)
Educate, teach
Ignore ("training" a child to sleep by leaving him to cry himself to sleep)
Assist, aid
Ignore (Same as above)
Something to support an object in position
Nursing or rocking a baby to sleep, sleeping with baby. (P.56)
Bendable, adaptable, willing to yield
 Inconsistency (pg 109)
A temporary alteration. (P.110)
A “broken” routine (pg 181)
Heightened gratification
A feeling of satisfaction or pleasure. ward for parenting
A "pitfall" of child-centered parenting
Attachment  Parenting
Sensitive and emotionally available parenting which helps build strong emotional bonds and fosters a healthy socio-emotional development in the childd
Emotional bondage (p 97)
A" new name for the outdated birth trauma theory developed by a neoprimitivistic school of thought in the 1940’s."
(Note: birth WAS traumatic for babies in the 1940's due to the standardized use of drugs and forceps for every birth!)
Lactation counselors
Certified healthcare providers recognized as experts in human lactation and breastfeeding support
An “industry” that is “heavily biased against any type of routine,” lacking “a working understanding of routine breast-feeding dynamics.  (p.100)
Attached child
Baby/child who has a close emotional bond with caregiver.
“Relational security” based on "proximity, not independence" (p.140)

Parental guidance
Teaching, mentoring, overseeing
Routine feedings (p. 21)
Baby wise
A deep understanding of babies and their needs.
An Infant Management System (p.17)
Demand feeding
Nursing when baby indicates hunger
Erratic and emotive response to crying
That which occurs in Nature or without interference
That which occurs as a result of disciplined effort – as in “trained to sleep the natural way” (subtitle)
Usual meaning
Babywise Usage
a series of things to be done or events to occur at or during a particular time or period; a timetable
typical or everyday activity;
regular, unvarying, habitual, unimaginative, customary procedure
Following 6 guidelines (page 111), calculated time between feedings;
Timetable (as on page118)
United, joined, or linked; linked coherently
Mother cooperates with baby’s needs and baby learns to cooperate with mother’s guidance. (p.38)
a benefit or gain; eg. breastfed children have better overall health than formula fed children…
 as in “formula fed babies have “less of an advantage”
[Over what? Unfed babies?]
Metabolic Chaos
A result of chronic illness or alcoholism which has ultimately thrown the body chemistry out of balance.
A condition in which all health babies are born that must be remedied by parents.

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