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 Ph.D. 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 explores the major tenets of attachment parenting, including:
Co-sleeping: How to avoid "sleep training" and get a great night's sleep for the whole family.
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.
Baby wearing: 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.
"At once conversational, informative, and progressive, this book should be compulsory reading for anyone who has even considered becoming a parent." (Ricki Lake)
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not really for me
I really like attachment parenting. This book, however, made it sound like "your life will be nothing but kids 24/7 and your marriage and friends will have to wait until your kids are teenagers if they want any of your attention". I'm all about baby wearing, breastfeeding, cosleeping, but when she started talking about elimination communication and not sleeping in the same bed as your spouse for years, she lost me.
I will give her this, she's comes off as non-judgemental. She tells you that this is the way she does it, but she knows it's not for everyone. She gives good birth, breastfeeding, and baby wearing advice.
Yes, the parts that weren't extreme, I took something home from. Even the extreme parts, I learned something from.
Enjoyable & non-judgemental