Gary Ezzo wants the ta-tas all to himself

I wish I could put a still from the Mitchell and Webb Look sketch, "Bitty." Go look it up, it's hilarious.

OK, having dealt with the obvious flawed premises, logical fallacies, and internal contradictions, I promised to unpack the subtext of Chapter 1 as well. Let me start by simply laying out relevant quotes, and see if you follow these to the same conclusion I did.

“The husband-wife union is not just a good first step toward child-rearing. It is a necessary one. Too often, parents lose sight of this fact, getting lost in a parenting wonderland of photos, footsteps, and first words.”

“Marriage is unique – totally without parallel. It transcends all other relationships.”

“Where the marriage is intact, keeping this relationship a priority is your starting point for successful parenting.”

“Too often when a child enters a family, parents leave their first love: each other. The spotlight shifts to illuminate the children, and the marriage gets lost in space.”

“Date your spouse. . . . Continue those loving gestures you enjoyed before the baby came along.”

See where I’m going with this? And don’t for a minute think that Ezzo is concerned equally with each spouse’s happiness. It seems very clear to me that these are exhortations to a new mother not to focus too much attention on her new baby, but to make sure she keeps her husband satisfied. See: (emphasis added in all quotes below)

“With child-centered or mother-centered parenting, parents intensely pursue the child’s happiness.” Seriously, he just throws “mother-centered” parenting in as an equivalent of child-centered parenting, without comment.

“When you become a mother, you do not stop being a daughter, a sister, a friend, or a wife. Those relationships, which were important before the baby, still must be maintained.”

“Date your spouse . . . The baby will not suffer separation anxiety from one night without mom.”

“If you buy a special something for baby, select a little gift for your mate as well.” Who generally buys items for the baby? Yeah, Mom. Or maybe I should call her Wife.

Oh, and I almost forgot this bizarre statement: “Since infants are entirely dependent on parental care, their dependency creates for new parents a heightened gratification.” What the hell? I can only guess, but this seems to be another jab at mothers being “overly involved” with baby care (i.e., taking appropriate care of a newborn), as though properly responding to an infant indicates some pathological need on the part of the mother. If someone can explain this non sequitur, please enlighten me.

I’ll just quote here the marginal notes I made when I twigged to all this: “OMG! This is written by a man who feared/resented having his boobies/mother figure taken away. What a weak, fearful, grasping man.”

Really. This book seems to have been written by a man so insecure, immature, and petty that he is jealous when his wife buys a present for their baby. So sad. And sadder still that he has conned thousands of people into following his, “NO, I want to be the baby!!!” philosophy, under the guise of responsible parenting.

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About Christine

I'm a full-time mother to two kids, an ex-lawyer, a breastfeeding counselor, a skeptic, and (to steal a phase from Penn & Teller) a "science cheerleader." You can reach me through my Facebook page.

Posted on December 8, 2011, in Parenting and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I agree. I mean, yes, your marriage is important, and it should be maintained… however, NEEDS shift when you have children, and adults learn that some desires and wants of their own have to go on the back burner. Instead of making it sound as if it’s “relationship vs. baby”, I think it’s so much better to encourage parents to bond OVER parenting TOGETHER.

  2. I bet he’s got a diapering fetish.

  3. “I’ll just quote here the marginal notes I made when I twigged to all this: “OMG! This is written by a man who feared/resented having his boobies/mother figure taken away. What a weak, fearful, grasping man.”

    Bahahaha, LOVE THAT! I must admit I am not really familiar with this guy. I have seen/heard his name thrown around a lot and know he gives out very poor and often dangerous advice to parents but I have never really looked into who he is, just avoided his stuff 🙂
    I agree with Christie above me. Marriage should be maintained as eventually kids will grow up and move away and you do not want to be left with a stranger BUT that does not mean neglect your child. I am so thankful that my hubby understood, supported and encouraged me to focus more on our kids, especially when they were infants. That time is so fleeting how selfish does a person ahve to be to sit in the corner and pout “what about me? what about my needs?”

  4. “Sadder still that he has conned thousands of people into following his, “NO, I want to be the baby!!!” philosophy, under the guise of responsible parenting.”

    If dads start taking moms focusing on the baby for the first couple of years personally then they don’t understand what it means to be a father and should develop realistic expectations before they decide to reproduce.

  5. I always felt like he was attacking motherhood. What kills me, he talks about not putting the baby before the relationship, but the reality is a baby can’t do anything for itself, but an adult spouse can.

  6. Marriage is SO important. It really is. I think that’s why some parents get sucked into BW, because they agree that marriage is really super important.

    BUT. . .

    This is the foundation of an us vs. them, parent vs. child antagonism that is cultivated throughout all of this authors books. I mean really? The big bad baby is the enemy of marriage?

    Anyone interested in more info on these teachings can check out http://www.ezzo.info .

  7. You guys are right – marriage absolutely is important. But I think Janice hit the nail on the head: a mature man realizes that he’s capable of taking care of himself, while the baby is relying on his wife as a life-support system.

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