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26 year Pediatrician and father of four - Dr. Robert Bucknam, M.D. says:
"Change!  It seems to be a way of life for parents.   In our rapidly expanding, knowledge based society where technology changes everyday, new innovations impact life styles and the way people learn.  Parenting curriculums, once designed to cover large blocks of developmental time are less effective today than years gone by.  Precision teaching with concise thoughts for specific age ranges seems to be the way of educational life.  Our newest curriculum reflects these changes.  The communication and dissemination of early childhood principles are easily and naturally divided into four developmental stages, starting at birth and going to thirty-six months.  Each stage represents new growth transitions requiring parents to accommodate the changes taking place as their child's grows.  Our early childhood curriculum now include:
Stage One:  Birth to 5 months-- On Becoming Babywise
Stage Two: 5 to 12 months -- On Becoming Babywise 11
Stage Three:  12 - 18 months -- On Becoming Pretoddlerwise
Stage Four:  18 - 36 months -- On Becoming Toddlerwise
Stage Five:  36 - 84 months -- On Becoming Childwise
We continue this series where Babywise 11 left off.  During the next 180 days, the newly emerging walking, talking, exploring, child begins a developmental metamorphosis from babyhood to toddlerhood."

About the Author

Dr. Robert Bucknam, M.D., F.A.A.P. is the founder and director of Cornerstone Pediatrics in Louisville, Colorado where he resides with his wife, Gayle, and their four sons. He has served thousands of parents in Colorado for the last 26 years as their Pediatrician. With a targeted interest in preterm and high-risk newborns, Dr. Bucknam's opinions are highly respected within the pediatric community; He has expanded his practice into multiple hospitals in the area where he works closely with 37 licensed Pediatricians. Dr. Bucknam's work on Parent Directed Feeding is being utilized by 6 million parents worldwide in 16 languages. Stay connected to his further findings on Twitter @_wisebooks and online at


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  • Series: On Becoming...
  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Parent-Wise Solutions (November 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971453225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971453227
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By S. McFarland on October 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
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!
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237 of 258 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Arnold on April 15, 2005
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As a physician and a mother, I have found the Babywise/Toddlerwise/Childwise series to be extremely helpful for raising and training my children! As an aside, I raised my daughter using the principles in Babywise. I nursed her for 8 months, and never experienced difficulty with optimal weight gain. My daughter slept through the night at 9 weeks, and was a happy baby. I am often complemented by friends and work colleagues about how well-behaved my children are, and I owe much of that to the Ezzo texts for teaching me some practical things about child-rearing.

For those of you with children between 2 and 3, you may find further useful information in the next edition, Childwise (ages 3-7). There was not as much information in the Toddlerwise edition about controlling/preventing certain behaviors (e.g., tantrums), but I found a wealth of information in the Childwise edition.

I will say that I felt the potty training section in Toddlerwise was less helpful to me. I did purchase their recommended text, Toilet Training in Less Than a Day (also recommended by Dr. Phil), and found it to be inspiring, but somewhat disappointing.

For the contemplative parent, who is considering this purchase:

Yes, there is a foundation based on Biblical principle, with practical applications. If you find offense in Bible-based theories, then don't bother with the Ezzo series, because you lack the foundation on which to build these principles. If you are the type of parent that seeks to be "an equal partner" with your child, don't bother. The principles presented in the Ezzo texts will continually challenge your parenting philosophy.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A. Yu on March 26, 2008
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Most of the 1-star reviewers feels that the methods of this book is abusive and restricting - I think that's complete rubbish.

Having a routine and structure with your kids does not mean you are loving them less, abusing their creativity/freedom, and abusing them in the name of discipline. In fact, the book advocates different types of playtime: roomtime being an independent playtime in a room, free time being a time where the child gets to choose what he wants to do, structured playtime being a time when a parents chooses the activity, and playtimes with family members. Which one of these sound abusive or restrictive? When the child grows old enough to go to school, what do parents think happen? The teachers choose the activities and there will be a disciplinary guideline that your children will follow, so how is this book anything different?

Also, when it comes to handling curious toddlers who get into everything, the book suggests substitution over restriction and distraction. Substitution as defined in the book is to offer an equally desirable experience similar to the original one that caught the toddler's attention, but the location and time will be decided by mom. An example in the book, a child gets into the dog bowl and splashes the water. The alternate substitution for this behavior would be to give the toddler a clean bowl of water on the patio and let the child have at it. Again, what about this is abusive or restrictive?

I also see one reviewer comment on the sample schedule in the book (she gives a paraphrased version in her review). The problem with this reader is that she is not keeping in mind that this is an example routine that ONE mom used for her kids.
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127 of 147 people found the following review helpful By K. Wallace on February 13, 2005
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We use the common sense methods in the author's book Baby Wise and Child Wise, and we are thrilled. Our children, now 3 and 7, are happy and healthy. They both slept through the night at very early ages, and have no problems putting themselves to sleep. Their regular schedules and knowledge of behavioral boundries makes them confident and secure. My 7 year old excels at school, loves piano and French and is well liked by classmates, teachers and other parents.

Those who denounce these books seem to have more of a political opposition to the author than a genuine concern for raising children, and the extremist rhetoric makes that obvious. Take it from a parent who has actually read and used these principles--they work!
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