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

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

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


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 PhD 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 presents the major tenets of attachment parenting, including:

CO-SLEEPING

How to avoid “sleep training” and get a great night’s sleep for the whole family.

BREASTFEEDING

Learn how to listen to your baby’s cues rather than sticking to a rigid schedule—and why people on airplanes love a nursing mother.

BABY WEARING

How to “wear” your baby in a sling or a wrap to develop a closer bond with your child—it’s possible even for mamas with bad backs (and with big babies)!

GENTLE DISCIPLINE How to get your child to behave without yelling, threats, or time-outs—it really can be done.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451618006
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.94(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Mayim Bialik is perhaps best known for her lead role as Blossom Russo in the early-1990s NBC television sitcom Blossom, and she currently stars 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 from UCLA in 2007. She designed a Neuroscience curriculum for homeschoolers in Southern California, where she also teaches biology, chemistry, and piano to middle and high school students. Married to her college sweetheart with two young sons, Bialik is also a Certified Lactation Education Counselor. Visit her at MayimBialik.net.

Table of Contents

Introduction Jay Gordon ix

Part I Trust Your Instincts 1

1 You Know More Than You Think 3

2 "What Is Attachment Parenting? The Science of Attachment and Intuition 16

Part II What Baby Needs 35

3 Baby Needs a Smooth Entrance: Birth 37

4 Baby Needs Milk: Why We Breastfeed 57

5 Baby Needs to Be Held: How Will You Ever Get Anything Done Ever Again? 77

6 Baby Needs Nighttime Parenting: Gende Techniques and Co-sleeping 90

7 Baby Needs Potty: Elimination Communication 105

Part III What Baby Doesn't Need 119

8 Baby Doesn't Need All That Stuff: Figuring Out the Essentials 121

9 Baby Doesn't Need Unnecessary Medical Intervention: When (and When Not) to Call the Doctor 130

10 Baby Doesn't Need Pressure: Letting Kids Be Kids 151

11 Baby Doesn't Need Punishment: Understanding Gentle Discipline 172

Part IV What Mommy Needs 203

12 Keeping Your Relationships Strong: Staying "You" When You Become a Parent 205

13 Balancing Work and Family: Different Families, Different Choices 220

Resources 237

Acknowledgments 249

Index 253

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"At once conversational, informative and progressive, this book should be compulsory reading for anyone who has even considered becoming a parent." —-Ricki Lake

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Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with most things, take her words with a grain of salt. Great story and wonderful advice but some of the things mentioned don't seem like they would be for me, yet a lot of them are. Interesting theories and great insight.
RoweBoat More than 1 year ago
She does a great job explaining the theories of attachment parenting and why it works. She is nonjudgemental and offers great resources and support for anyone looking to explore attachment parenting further.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be an enjoyable read and could relate to much of what Bialik wrote. I highly recommend it to parents who want to develop a close and loving bond with their children. This book is a wonderful example of what attachment parenting looks like.
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