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  • Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mayim Bialik
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (42)
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    (38)
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    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.

    Mary says: "Explains her style without condemning others"
    "Good introduction for those unfamiliar..."
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    I think this would be an excellent introduction to many of these principles for those unfamiliar this type of parenting.

    As someone who already intends to practice many of these elements/styles of parenting, I was surprised at the number of times I was turned off by her. I read this book expecting to learn more and be taken deeper into the concepts of attachment parenting by learning from someone's every day experience.

    Instead I was turned off by being educated as to what my "parental intuition" was "going to be". I guess I expected more of "figure out what works for you - here is what worked well for us" and less, "if you do it this way it will feel right to you".

    I appreciated her non-judgmental stance on the various parenting styles and fully embrace her ideas about accepting that different things will work well for different families.

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  • The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Kristin Kimball
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (232)

    Single, 30-something, and working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed her city self and moved to 500 acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him.

    Roberta says: "That's what organic farming is all about"
    "Accurate but missing the ups to balance the downs"
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    She did a very good job of accurately portraying starting a new farming venture - at least from my own experience. What I did not like was that in spite of her regular professed love for the work and experience, much of the book felt negative - not the events themselves but her experiences of them. Having had many of the same experiences I would have liked to hear more of the uplifting, enlivening, purposeful, and inspiring experiences that cause her to love what she does.

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