Beyond the Sling

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

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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 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-SLEEPINGHow to avoid "sleep training" and get a great night's sleep for the whole family. BREASTFEEDINGLearn 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 WEARINGHow 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.
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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 162.56 x 234.44 x 24.64mm | 421.84g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 145161800X
  • 9781451618006
  • 123,837

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"Alternative ideas on childbirth and childrearing for today's modern parent." --Kirkus Reviews
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