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:
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.
©2012 Mayim Bialik, Ph.D. (P)2012 Tantor
"At once conversational, informative, and progressive, this book should be compulsory reading for anyone who has even considered becoming a parent." (Ricki Lake)
I loved this book, even though I don't plan to be an "attachment parent." Mayim says a few times in this book that she doesn't judge... and it's true. She really doesn't. She just lays out her parenting style for those of us who are curious. I really appreciated the laidback philosophy. It's obvious that she loves her kids. From co-sleeping (impractical?) to baby-wearing (sorta cool - I may steal this one) to diaperless babies (ew), her ideas were interesting and educational. She drew a picture of a life that embraces a child rather than treating him like an add-on.
The book gave me an explanation as to why I kept insisting on some parenting decisions (that felt so right to me ) even though they seemed unpopular with some family members' thoughts about how my child should be raised. I am glad I stumbled upon this book. Very encouraging.
I enjoyed the perspective that Mayim, brought to the book. Her mix of factual information with personal anecdotes was done with a wonderful balance and I truly enjoyed it.
I have never listened to Emily Durante's before but I enjoyed listening to her very much. The inflections that she used made it easy to listen to.
Really all of them were fascinating. There was only one or two things in here that are going to be up for questions between my husband and myself mostly because they are things that we had never before considered. I really like the fact that she brought these new ideas to the table and am looking forward to learning more about them.
I got this book on Tuesday evening and had listened to the whole thing by the next afternoon. It was a fascinating book, that was easy to listen to and full of information. I have already recommended the book to a friend and plan to do so again in the future.
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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