Giveaway: Beyond the Sling by Mayim Bialik – $17 ARV {5.5; WORLDWIDE} CLOSED

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Simon & Schuster is offering our readers a giveaway of Mayim Bialik’s book, Beyond the Sling, a value of $17.

This is an excellent, hard-cover book that gives you a great sense of both a natural and a scientific explanation as to why you feel the need to care for your child in the way that you so desire.

From our reviewer, Nada:

I’m a very practical person. I’m the type who’d prefer to get a crock pot as a gift over jewelry. I don’t enjoy crafts like cross-stitch and scrap-booking because to me, they don’t necessarily yield useful items. I’ve never gotten a manicure or a pedicure in my life, but I think nothing of shearing my hair off super short because it’s so much easier to maintain. That’s just the kind of person I am.

The same thing goes with my book collection. You will not find a lot of modern fiction on my shelves. Mostly cookbooks, my tattered and worn out copy of The Complete Tightwad Gazette and a smart selection of parenting books. The parenting books, however, are of a specific type — mainly written by doctors and parenting specialists with a flair for practical, useful advice and information. You see, a lot of books about attachment parenting feature pictures of graceful, lithe mother figures with their hair swirling around them, dancing through the stars as they nurse a naked baby under the moonlight. They talk about breastfeeding as if they were reading poetry, describing the intimate relationship between a child and his parent as if it were some magical, breathtaking experience. And while it is all those things, for someone like me, a lot of the books dealing with attachment parenting don’t really strike a cord with me. They’re too goddessy, too flowery. Too… girly.

I think Mayim Bialik understands that. You know Mayim. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about The Big Bang Theory, a show about several delightful nerds and their female companions. What’s more, I am sure you recall watching a show called Blossom, about a quirky young girl growing into womanhood under the guidance of her cautious but loving father and her lovable (though somewhat goofy) brothers.

Well, Mayim is a lot more than a clever actress. She is also a vegan, a devotedly religious Jewish woman, and a wife and mother. She’s also an advocate of attachment parenting. She’s crunchy as anyone else out there who has ever birthed a baby, nursed, practiced co-sleeping and bedsharing, babywearing, or elimination communication. The difference between Mayim and a lot of other women is that she’s got a doctorate in neuroscience! (I absolutely love the fact that on The Big Bang Theory, she’s the only person on the whole crew that actually understands the scientific jargon she talks about!)

Like Mayim’s husband, Michael was a very active participant in our attachment parenting lifestyle.

Mayim has compiled both her years of motherhood and her years of curriculum and brought forth a brilliant text called Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way. Mayim’s book is smart, well written, and – most appealing for me – practical. She shares tastefully taken family photos of herself and her sons as they demonstrate various experiences along their attachment parenting journey.

There have been several things I loved about Beyond the Sling and make it, for me, to be one of the best parenting books I’ve ever read. For one thing, everything – even the really science-y stuff! – is laid out in plain English, and is perfectly understandable, without a hint of sarcasm of belittlement. Mayim doesn’t disguise herself with flowery words or overly thorough explanations. The information is clear, concise and understandable.

Nor does she make you feel bad for doing things a certain way, be it the same way she’s done it, or differently. She simply lays out her experiences, and why they have worked, and leaves you to ponder it over. Her explanations as to why, on an evolutionary scale, the practices of attachment parenting work so successfully are completely reasonable. It’s almost like she can read a newborn’s mind, and totally understand what they’re experiencing, based on her own understanding of the human brain.

I don’t want you to get the impression that Beyond the Sling is boring, though! It’s chock full of cute stories about her conversations with other parents, about things she’s heard fans say about her roly-poly babies, of her husband’s take on being cuddled too much, and many other tidbits. Mayim also reveals that she really is a lot like the rest of us – she doesn’t have a maid, a personal chef, or a nanny. It’s just her, her husband, and her two sons, living in their one bedroom home.

I think if you’re anything like me, you’ll find Beyond the Sling to be a pleasant, enjoyable read. It’s clever, it’s witty, it’s informative and it’s thorough. Mayim combines science and motherhood in a wise and wholesome combination, a literary delight.


You can purchase your own copy of Beyond the Sling at Amazon. The cost of the book is $26, including shipping.


For your own chance to win a copy of Beyond the Sling enter by leaving a comment and using our Rafflecopter system below.

The winner will receive one copy of the book Beyond the Sling by Mayim Bialik. Contest is open WORLDWIDE.


MANDATORY ENTRY:Visit the official Mayim Bialik, Beyond the Sling website and leave a comment here on whether you have ever used one of the attachment parenting questions or solutions that Mayim lists.

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Nada, Michael and Naomi are the family behind miniMOMist, an account of their journey into realistic minimalism. Their motto is “Simple life, simple pleasures” and has kept them grounded and strong.

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