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Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way Paperback – 4 Sep 2012

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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone Books (4 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451662181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451662184
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mayim Hoya Bialik is best known for her lead role as Blossom Russo in the 1990s television sitcom Blossom and her role as Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory. She earned a BS and a PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA. Mayim lives in Los Angeles with her two sons: Miles, born in 2005, and Frederick, born at home (unassisted until the final push) in 2008. She writes regularly for Kveller.com and is the spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network. She has recently published Mayim's Vegan Table: More than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours. Visit her at mayimbialik.net.

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"Drawing on her education as a neuroscientist, her instinct as a mother, and a community of support, Mayim has passionately embraced attachment parenting principles for raising her children. In Beyond the Sling, she shows how the secure attachment relationship that she has developed with her children has given her the confidence to define her own natural parenting style." --Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker, co-founders of Attachment Parenting International and co-authors of Attached at the Heart --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Mayim Bialik, Ph.D., is perhaps best known for her lead role as Blossom Russo in the 1990s television sitcom Blossom, and she currently appears 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 in 2007. She designed a neuroscience curriculum for homeschoolers in Southern California, where she also teaches middle and high school students. Bialik is also a Certified Lactation Education Counsellor. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Jun. 2012
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I bought this book as a fan of Mayim's but on reading it discovered that all the choices we made over the last 2 years as new parents actually made us AP parents. Its not a "you need to do this and that" type of book. It is a "this is what worked for us take what you need" type of book.
Being a neuroscientist helped Mayim explain exactly why she was doing what she was doing and what effect it had on the hormones. I didnt do everything she did in the book but it just reiterated that the choices we made were perfectly natural.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adelaide Goffin on 5 April 2015
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Beyond The Sling - A Review

I have finally got a chance to sit here and review quite simply, the most amazing ‘parenting’ book I’ve ever read.
It’s not really a parenting book as Mayim Bialik states at the start, but some would use this as a parenting guide because it does have a heck of a lot of useful information in it and helps guide you if you’re wanting to change the way you parent.
It’s a fairly laid back book but it gets straight to the point with all the topics inside it which is what I liked mostly about it, it doesn’t beat around the bush.
Beyond the Sling tells you to listen to your instincts more, as with most attachment parents they listen to their instincts more than other peoples experiences with parenting.
Mayim talks about how she struggled with her first child at the start, how she misjudged how hard it was going to be to be a parent and she talks about how her parents used to raise her.
At the start it also tells you what attachment parenting is based on;

Birth,
Breastfeeding/breastmilk,
Being sensitive,
Bonding through touch,
Bedding,
Being there,
Being gentle,
Balance.

She tells you that you don’t need to do all those listed to be a proper attached parent, but those are the basic things that most attachment parents follow.

In the first proper chapter Mayim goes into the science of attachment and intuition, she says that even though she has a PhD in neuroscience you do not obviously need one in attachment parenting, obviously it comes in handy for her to have it as she understands how the human brain works, how it needs to feel secure, how we are born with undeveloped brains and how us humans need love.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By donna dee on 30 May 2013
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This book is the best parenting guide I have ever read, and I've read a fair few!! It's so easy to read, there aren't long case studies, every suggestion is backed by evidence in language easy to understand, I think this book would be perfect for those expecting a baby right up to parents with older children, my children are 3 and 6 and I have got lots from it, I just wish I had found it sooner. Cannot recommend it enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelloise on 4 May 2013
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Mayim provides a very accessible account of her and her husbands take on attachment parenting with their two boys! Non- judgemental nor prescriptive or instructive; this book provides a warm, humorous and encouraging prose for those who lean towards an attachment parenting style!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hope on 27 May 2015
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I was new to the attachment parenting approach but knew it was something I wanted to do daughter and I. Mayim Bialik managed to relate to the reader in so many ways, she opens up on her way of parenting without being pretentious just insightful. Her approaches are definitely in line with mine so I really really enjoyed her book and found it a comfort and a support to have another mum with the same views. Especially whilst many people misunderstand attachment parenting and see it as 'clingy' or 'over doing it', so it was a real eye opener.
I think even if you aren't looking into attachment parenting, her parenting approaches make sense to all.
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The chapter headings may seem a bit daunting, but Bialik's casual and friendly writing style drew me in. I'm due my first baby in July 2015 and I've always felt there was something inherently wrong with how we approach parenting our babies (as a UK citizen).

I can't wait to have a natural homebirth, bond through breastfeeding and have my baby close to me night and day. I can't imagine a more natural way to be a mother. No crying it out, harsh discipline or unnecessary stuff for my little one. Thanks to this book I am confident in myself and that from the beginning, my maternal instincts were there and worth listening to.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lct on 20 Jun. 2012
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Over the last year I have bought a lot of parenting - particularly attachment style - books in a hope to give my child the best possible start in life. This book is brilliant, it is so well written. She is matter of fact and funny at the same time. I found myself nodding and agreeing with everything she wrote about. It is a lovely book for reminding yourself why you have chosen a tiring but extremely rewarding style of parenting. It also threw up lots of questions from baby wearing, and co-sleeping to baby healthcare and vaccines. It's comforting hearing a personal story that I can completely relate to and knowing that I'm not the only one doing this. She has witty comments for any cynics you might come across and has done so much research. Coming from a scientific background made me feel comforted that she is an expert in her field. Having done all the research for us it is brilliant that she has collated it into one place.

A heartwarming, excellent book which I cannot recommend enough. I also found Attachment Parenting, Three in a bed, Continuum Concept, unconditional parenting, and anything by Dr Sears and John Holt really helpful.
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