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Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way [Kindle Edition]

Mayim Bialik , Jay Gordon
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A real-world guide to Attachment Parenting from the Big Bang Theory actress, neuroscientist, and mother Mayim Bialik—a book hailed by Dr. William Sears as “delightful” and by Ricki Lake as “a fantastic guide to birth and parenting that is packed with invaluable wisdom.”

Mayim Bialik was the child star of the popular 1990s TV sitcom Blossom, but she definitely didn’t follow the typical child-star trajectory. Instead, Mayim got her PhD in neuroscience from UCLA, married her college sweetheart, and had two kids. Mayim then did what many new moms do—she read a lot of books, talked with other parents, and she soon started questioning a lot of the conventional wisdom she heard about the “right” way to raise a child. That’s when she turned to Attachment Parenting, a philosophy and lifestyle popularized by well-known physicians like Dr. William Sears and Dr. Jay Gordon.

To Mayim, Attachment Parenting’s natural, child-led approach not only felt right emotionally, it made sense intellectually and instinctually. She found that when she followed her intuition and relaxed into her role as a mother instead of following some rigid parenting script, both she and her children thrived. Taking into account her experience as a mother (and her scientific background), Mayim presents the major tenets of Attachment Parenting, including:

Baby wearing: How to “wear” your baby in a sling or a wrap to foster a closer bond with your child—it’s possible even for mamas with bad backs (and with big babies)!

Breastfeeding: Learn how to listen to your baby’s cues rather than sticking to a rigid schedule—and why people on airplanes love a nursing mother!

Gentle discipline: How to get your child to behave without yelling, threats, or time-outs—it really is possible.

Co-sleeping: How to avoid “sleep training” and get a great night’s sleep for the whole family.

Without the pretense and luxuries typical of so many Hollywood actors and parents, Mayim describes the beauty, simplicity, and purposefulness of Attachment Parenting, and how it’s become the guiding principle for her family. Much more than a simple how-to parenting guide, Beyond the Sling shows us that the core principles underlying Attachment Parenting are universal and can be appreciated no matter how you decide to raise your child.


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"As an outspoken advocate for childbirth choices, I have worked tirelessly to educate parents about their birthing options.  With Beyond the Sling, Mayim Bialik has developed a fantastic guide to birth and parenting that is packed with invaluable wisdom.  At once conversational, informative and progressive, this book should be compulsory reading for anyone who has even considered becoming a parent."
-- Ricki Lake, executive producer of The Business of Being Born and author of Your Best Birth 


"Beyond the Sling goes beyond the scope of the standard books to enhance the parenting experience.  Mayim's warmth, dedication, and professionalism are felt throughout this wonderful book."

--Lauren Feder, M.D. author of Natural Baby and Childcare and The Parents’ Concise Guide to Childhood Vaccinations

 

“Beyond the Sling offers insight into attachment parenting…quite palatable for even the most detached parent. Bottom line: this book will further endear you to Mayim’s genuine likeability and make you respect the tenacity of parents who subscribe to the sling-- even if you opt not to wear one.” --Orange County Register

About the Author

Mayim Bialik is perhaps best known for her lead role as Blossom Russo in the early-1990s NBC television sitcom Blossom, and she currently stars on the top-rated comedy The Big Bang Theory. Bialik earned a B.S. from UCLA in 2000 in Neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA in 2007. She designed a Neuroscience curriculum for homeschoolers in Southern California, where she also teaches biology, chemistry, and piano to middle and high school students. Married to her college sweetheart with two young sons, Bialik is also a Certified Lactation Education Counselor. Visit her at MayimBialik.net.

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94 of 100 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I definitely subscribe to many of the tenets of Attachment Parenting -- gentle discipline, baby wearing, breastfeeding, etc. Others I'm not so sure about -- as fascinated as I am by Elimination Communication, I don't think my kid will be going diaper-free anytime soon!

I know some people think Attachment Parenting feels preachy or dogmatic, but I just don't see that here. Yes, she has some strong beliefs. And she backs them up with facts and statistics, and also with her own personal stories and anecdotes about her experiences parenting this way. What I liked is that she's not trying to shove her ideas down my throat. She acknowledges that the ideas she promotes may not be for everyone, but she says she just hopes people take what works for them and leave the rest. That's a parenting philosophy I can get behind.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great comprehensive look at AP March 14, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I loved this book. I am a practicing AP parent and I am not as die hard as Mayim. I suppose the only differences are, I do not do Elimination Communication, I allow my sons some TV, they are vaccinated and we have too many toys. I like how she covered every aspect of raising young children, from the birth, nursing, cosleeping, baby wearing and gentle discipline. Its kind of an all in one where you can do further research on each subject.

Which brings me to addressing some of the bad reviews I have seen on here. If you are looking for a book where AP has proven the kids turned out great you have to go no further then to read Dr. Sears' attachment book, he has wonderful grown up children . This book is about someone who has a very clear memory since she is only a couple years out of the very young stage and thats what I liked about it. There are numerous books on parenting, this is not your typical one, it is heart felt and personal. Also you do not have to be wealthy to practice AP, I am not wealthy, I work from home after my children are sleeping. It has not been easy but I know its the best way because I am listening to my instincts.
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66 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting for later study March 9, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What I enjoy about this book is that it does a fair job introducing the reader to a lifestyle that bucks today's popular trends. She warns you upfront that most people will not agree nor be supportive, but that you are qualified to make these decisions, so dont back down to the pressure.

In truth, her discipline methods in some ways remind me of how God gave us freewill. She encourages modeling good behavior for your kids to immulate and discourages overt verbal or physical correction that would embarass or control too much, as she finds that the kids will naturally learn how to share and show their thankfulness when need be. I love that she shows the importance of breastfeeding and pushing through the pain as well as that of childbirth as she details the often neglected and horrible side of birth interventions.

Although she might not consider herself one, she appears in all ways a modern hippie. She is vegan, green, and anti consumerism. She also is still breastfeeding her 3 year old son. If that throws you off, just consider that at the end of the day the book is really an encouragement to consider how to love them. They are not accessories and this a once in a lifetime event. Dont screw it up! So turn off the tv, dont buying so many useless toys, make a gallant effort at choosing a job with less interference, be present, give of yourself (and your breastmilk) and your time and energy. Simply put - love them!
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh.... April 22, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
So, I was very interested to read this book, as I love the ideas behind APing, and since I grew up knowing who Mayim was, I thought it would be fascinating to see her journey with motherhood. However, I was quickly disappointed. I found the book to be preachy, full of contradictions, and just not written that well. Also, for people who are already familiar with Attachment Parenting, her stories were remedial and ho hum. I didn't feel like I found anything new in this book. I also felt as if she wrote it by the seat of her pants, as it was almost a stream of consciousness in its style.

She was so disdainful of SO many parenting styles- for example going to what I assumed was Target and seeing women with their strollers and carseats (horrible, horrible mothers), but she didn't go into what people who actually HAVE to use a carseat do when they need to get somewhere. No you don't need a billion products to contain your baby, but you do need a carseat, and Im guessing that since she lives in LA, she does drive. I carry my baby and wear him pretty much everywhere we go, I breastfeed, stay home with him, co-slept til he was 7months, and consider myself VERY in tune with his needs. Therefore, her telling me the virtues of these things was moot. I guess I just felt like she is beating a dead horse in a sense. People who are going to read her book are most likely already well versed in the tenets of some form of Attachment Parenting. There was nothing new here. What WAS new was her talking about how lazy, disconnected, and unaware mothers who don't share her ideals are. If I couldn't have breastfed for any number of reasons, I probably would have been brought to tears by reading her section on breastfeeding. We know that breast is best. Its not always possible.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love!!
Love everything about this book! We are starting our family and I can't get enough information. Really makes you question your choices. Love it!
Published 18 days ago by Haley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book Overall
Overall I like this book, however, it is focused on explaining the various methods rather than a detailed how to. For me, it was preaching to the choir. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cmarnett
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it to pieces
Bought this book in preparation for my first child. I loved it to pieces. Mayim is brilliant and Beyond the Sling, unlike a lot of other parenting books, doesn't try to tell you... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nicole Kemery
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, unbiased and very informative.
I enjoyed this book very much. I am a single, unwed mother who is exclusively breastfeeding, and practicing attachment parenting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jade Hutter
4.0 out of 5 stars crys302
Love the info in this book! Wish I would've read it before baby, but still found it useful at 10 months.
Published 2 months ago by Crys302
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
Pretty good. If you are already considering/practicing AP then you will adore this book. If not, it may seem a little extreme in certain areas. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Delilah
5.0 out of 5 stars so true!
this book is so true, listen to yourself, do what feels right for your baby and what makes sense! if you want to carry him/her all day long that's your issue. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Katiria
5.0 out of 5 stars Sane, Earthy Parenting Book
It was a treat to get to know Mayim (Blossom) in this new context. She covers co-sleeping, elimination communication (diaper free), baby-wearing, and pure breastmilk for the first... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Azzia Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bonding Book
This is one of the best books ever written if you want to know how to have a wonderful bonding experience with your child. I wish this book had been written 30 years sooner. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Denise C. Fracek
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read, but a little extreme for me
We follow attachment parenting - as much as any style- for our wee boy and I was interested to see what advice there was for continuing this style as my son grows up. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jennifer Lally
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