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

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A real-world guide to Attachment Parenting from the Big Bang Theory actress, neuroscientist, and mother Mayim Bialik—a book hailed by Dr. William Sears as “delightful” and by Ricki Lake as “a fantastic guide to birth and parenting that is packed with invaluable wisdom.”

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. Taking into account her experience as a mother (and her scientific background), Mayim presents the major tenets of Attachment Parenting, including:

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

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!

Gentle discipline: How to get your child to behave without yelling, threats, or time-outs—it really is possible.

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

Without the pretense and luxuries typical of so many Hollywood actors and parents, Mayim describes the beauty, simplicity, and purposefulness of Attachment Parenting, and how it’s 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.

About Mayim Bialik

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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 in the top-rated comedy series The Big Bang Theory. She 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, Mayim is also a certified lactation education counselor. She is currently the celebrity spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting holistic and green parenting and living. She is also a writer for, a Jewish parenting Web site. Emily Durante has been acting since the age of seven, performing in a number of stage plays professionally, in the community, and at the college level. Other performance credits include commercial and industrial voice work, educational live theater, and singing telegrams. She has been narrating audiobooks for over ten years. Her titles include the Midnight Twins trilogy by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Casting Off by Nicole R. Dickson, Impossible and Locked Inside both by Nancy Werlin, and Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypus. She has also directed audiobooks, including the Earphones Award-winning performance of Heaven's Keep narrated by Buck Schirner. Emily resides in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two children.
Published March 6, 2012 by Touchstone. 274 pages
Genres: Parenting & Relationships, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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This “green” method of parenting “seeks to create a generation of children who love and respect people and the earth because they have been loved and respected by their parents.” Guidelines set by Attachment Parenting International include natural childbirth, breastfeeding, sensitivity to the chi...

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Bialik addresses birth, breastfeeding, babywearing, gentle discipline, co-sleeping, elimination communication, simplicity, maintaining a sense of self once becoming a parent, and balancing work with parenthood and she does so in a style that is conversational, non-confrontational, and truly helpful.

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Rather, it is meant to help you cut through the excessive noise of parenting how-to manuals so that you can trust your own inner parenting voice and it seeks to offer support by showing what worked for her family and illustrating what AP looks like in everyday life.

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What makes Beyond the Sling especially interesting is that Bialik uses her background in neuroscience to argue that the principles of attachment parenting “make sense evolutionarily.” What, exactly, is meant by attachment parenting?

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