What is Grace Based Discipline?

The Web Magazine, Positively Feminine, is running a new series called, What Is Grace-Based Discipline? by PhenomoMom. I am quite impressed with this magazine and its contributors and suggest you check it out.

Ignoring Your Instincts?

God designed babies to be very needy and He gave mothers the instincts to attend to their baby’s needs.  This is why a baby’s cry affects mothers so negatively.  And yet mothers often try to squelch those instincts because a man has told them that their God given instincts were wrong.    For instance, Ezzo’s teachings have ruined many nursing relationships.  Check out this article from the Washington Post back in Feb 1999 about him which listed concerns pediatricians had about his teachings.

Even mothers who don’t buy into Ezzo’s teachings will often get convinced to allow their baby to “cry it out.”  Yet, back in 2005 a study was released that links prolonged crying in babies with lowered IQ points.  Crying has also been shown to cause undue stress in babies, risking their emotional health.  So, don’t ignore your instincts, pick your baby up and comfort him or her.  You cannot spoil a baby by holding him too much.