Beyond the Sling

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

Attachment parenting has gotten a lot of mixed press lately. Many people are confused about what it entails, what effect it has on kids, and what effect it has on parents. Mayim Bialik offers an open, honest view of what attachment parenting looks like in their family. She states upfront that she isn’t implying that the reader needs to follow all the ideas and that they may not work for every family and situation. She is merely saying, “This is what works for us.”

Mayim Bialik is best known for her acting – she was Blossom as a teen and is now Dr. Amy Fowler on Big Bang Theory. Her celebrity may be why many people pick up the book, but unlike many celebrities who write books, she actually is an expert on the topic. After her teen acting career, she pursued a PhD in neuroscience with a focus on attachment. What she learned through those studies convinced her that attachment parenting is the best way to raise children. When her own children were born, Bialik returned to acting so she could have a more flexible schedule.

It was refreshing for me to read a parenting book that didn’t come across as “if you don’t do this, your kids will be messed up and telling their therapists all about it as adults.” So many parenting books claim to know what’s best for your family. Mayim Bialik only claims to know what’s best for *her* family. She acknowledges that her life looks a lot different than most people’s lives, but says she doesn’t have a nanny, cook, maid or any significant hired help. Most of the ideas in the book could be used, at least to some extent, by any family, if they so choose. (But she won’t be reporting you if you choose not to!)

reviewed by Jessica


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