Structure Brings Freedom

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I’ve always known that I loved Babywise and that it was great for our family. Both of our kids slept well from early on and we didn’t have much of that newborn fog that lots of parents get into because of sleep deprivation.

Now that my kids are older (almost 2 and almost 4) I am seeing the benefits on the rest of the -wise books. I have taught my kids to come to the call of my name right away every time. I have taught them that when we’re out in public they are to stay near me and not run off.

I was at the park with my two kids and a friend and her 2 year old. Her son would not stay near her and kept running off without looking back no matter how loudly she called his name. I felt badly for her having to chase him all over the park and worry about him near the pond. Meanwhilei my kids stayed near me and were able to enjoy more freedom because they have earned my trust that they will stay near and they will come when I call them.


Christine, mom to 2 and 4 year old

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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6 Comments

  1. Aswo
    July 17, 2012 / 7:41 PM

    Is it too late for your friend to start babywise? I am wondering because I also have a 2 year old that I am trying to train in a few areas.

  2. Plowmanators
    July 17, 2012 / 9:00 PM

    Aswo it is definitely not too late to teach anything to your two year old 🙂

  3. Aswo
    July 17, 2012 / 9:18 PM

    🙂 Do you recommend starting with babywise or toddlerwise for my 2 year old?

  4. Plowmanators
    July 17, 2012 / 9:46 PM

    Reading Babywise, Babywise II, and Pre-Toddlerwise will give you an idea of where you are coming from.I would at least read Pre-Toddlerwise and possibly even start with implementing that book and them move on to Toddlerwise.

  5. Jennie
    July 18, 2012 / 12:36 AM

    Wonderign what method the author used to teach her children to come to her voice – First Time Obedience? I may have missed where that was explained in Toddlerwise… But I'd like to do it!

  6. Plowmanators
    July 18, 2012 / 2:19 AM

    Jennie see Childwise for more depth on that.

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