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Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way Paperback – 7 Oct 2014

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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

About the Author

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.


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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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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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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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This book was an excellent present for new parents who have been given everything else they need - they loved it
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Very honest, warts and all, experiences of attachment parenting. Also not dogmatic, but clear that parents need to do what they are comfortable with. Personally I agree entirely that attachment parenting not only 'feels' right but now has the research to back it up, though our consumer culture does not in any way value that, so it can be a battle, but one that is worth the struggle!
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It's great to read about an mum sharing her way of parenting, you might not agree with it all but also you might pick up some things that are new to you and you like the sound of. My book has been passed around a few mummy friends and no one is yet to say they thought it was bad, everyone has felt drawn to different aspects of her style. I really enjoyed it!
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In the preface of Beyond the Sling it says that the book is specifically not a parenting manual, but a tool to inform parents, using the author (Mayim Bialik)'s experiences. But the book absolutely does read like a manual, with a few statements of 'we did this' but mostly prescriptive 'you need to do this' approach. I'm confused by how prescriptive it is, in fact, and who it is aimed at. After all, I've done or am doing all of the things listed in the book - co-sleeping, babywearing, home educating, staying at home with the kids, breastfeeding - we're even a home-educating vegan family, as is Mayim's. But the book is still too prescriptive for me!

For a start, I dislike the tone Mayim uses to make small points, and how many of them are blown into much larger, scarier points about how doing/not doing X thing will probably have negative Y results for the child. To some extent this is true, but for a much clearer, more positive and less sensational book on the same subject, I recommend Why Love Matters by Sue Gerhardt.

Secondly, Mayim frequently refers to her background in neuroscience, but without ever clearly referencing the research she is working from. The reader is simply meant to trust her arguments and interpretations, because of her past profession. Although there are some studies cited in the back of the book, they are not linked in the book where Mayim describes them. I think this is disappointing for a book that claims to be based on solid science.

I agree with most of what Mayim says in the book, but not the way she presents the information. She claims to be writing a personal book about her family, but most of what she writes about is refuting mainstream parenting habits.
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