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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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;

Being sensitive,
Bonding through touch,
Being there,
Being gentle,

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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I enjoyed this book for the range of topics it covered, I have used it as a springboard to look more deeply into the methods that appealed to me. I think unless you have a lot of time and money you would struggle to implement everything in this book.

Topics I really enjoyed included, baby led potty training, breastfeeding, holistic medicine(although I will say she is anti vax, but she doesn't go into why, just advises the reader that there is a lot of information available and to research themselves) baby wearing, weaning. Topics that stood out which I found very difficult to approach with an open mind include, manners(she doesn't believe you should pressure your kids to say please or thank you), vaccinations, the family bed(her and her husband have 2 double beds in their room and each share with one of their boys aged 5 and 3)

Overall if youre interested in attachment parenting and more "crunchy" methods this book is good place to start. I will be implementing a lot of methods from the book but to a less extreme degree than the author, she is clearly a devoted mother and seems to have done a wonderful job raising her boys
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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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