Beyond the Sling

Beyond the Sling

A Real-life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way

Book - 2012
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A funny, honest, and practical guide to attachment parenting from actress, mother, and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik.

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. Drawing on both her experience as a mother and her scientific background, Mayim presents the major tenets of attachment parenting, including:


How to avoid "sleep training" and get a great night's sleep for the whole family.


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.


How to "wear" your baby in a sling or a wrap to develop a closer bond with your child--it's possible even for mamas with bad backs (and with big babies)!

GENTLE DISCIPLINE How to get your child to behave without yelling, threats, or time-outs--it really can be done.

Mayim describes the beauty, simplicity, and purposefulness of attachment parenting, and how it has 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2012
ISBN: 9781451618006
Branch Call Number: 649 B4702b3
Characteristics: xii, 258 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Sep 18, 2018

I just cannot support an antivax book :( The rest of it wasn't too bad, but I'm really not sure what "research" the author did to support their antivax stance.

May 05, 2014

I absolutely loved this book. I'm a mother of a busy toddler and expecting arrival of another baby any day now, and I'm glad I managed to finish reading it in time ;) I do not neccesarily want to immerse myself fully into the attachment parenting style the author uses, but I found many great tips and suggestions that now I will use for my children. Very funny book, well written and worth reading, it is actually so interesting, that I've read it in three days ;)

loonylovesgood Mar 24, 2013

I'm not a parent yet but I want to be one someday soon so I am starting to read some parenting books. I love Mayim so I thought I'd read her book. I agree with some of the basic philosophies of attachment parenting - breastfeeding, gentle discipline (sort of) and not pressuring your kids all the time. But I also find issue with certain things - like how the dad has a limited role and how there is the notion that being separated from your kids, no matter how short a time period, is bad. Sadly, Mayim is now divorced, and I couldn't help but feel that some of this parenting style plays a role - yes, we are mammals, but as humans, we have more complex relationships than animals do and intimate relationships should not take a back seat to children - children should enhance the relationship, not take away anything from it. I could go on, but I won't. It was a well-written book and I learned some valuable things!

vespagirl125 Aug 05, 2012

A perfect 'real life' addition to Dr. Sears' "Attachment Parenting" book. Expecially good chapter on life balance and discipline --this distinguishes it from other similar books and is what I needed. Witty writing, fun to read, not judgemental.

Jun 09, 2012

A very reassuring book that empowers a parent to follow their instincts and parent in their own way rather than caving into the pressures and ideals of others.


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