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.


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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.

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

  1. Tina

    I love saying “it works for us”

  2. Aria DesRoberts

    Oh, how I would love to win!

  3. Shi

    I’m breastfeeding, we are co-sleeping & baby wearing, and gentle discipline is the only way to go for us 🙂

  4. Rebecca Roland  

    I use “It works for us” a lot! We <3 attachment parenting

  5. Brenna

    Ye! I use many of them, our son is 7.5 months old.

  6. Jennifer W.  

    I was asked about them learning to walk. I just said “Let’s see if that becomes a problem.” The answer was NO!

  7. Tiffani

    breastfed, co-sleep, babywear, gently discipline…check, check, check, and check. 🙂

  8. Michelle

    Even though I don’t have children yet, I use “thank you for your opinion” all the time as it’s better than my other favourite of “ummm, yeah let’s not ‘go there'”.

  9. Jessie

    My Mom is super concerned that my 1mo. old son will be a spoiled brat because I pick him up every time he cries. How else am I supposed to know what he wants if I don’t calm him down so he can show me with his expression?

  10. Jennifer M  

    “it’s working for us!” is going to be my answer as the LO is due in 3 weeks and I know we will be getting asked some of those questions about the way we choose to parent.

  11. Cindy

    The best comment I ever received was:
    4.They won’t walk when they should because you are always wearing them in a sling

    Me: Really, so if I strap my newborn in a stroller she will learn how to walk better and sooner?

    Genius! Not!

    I think that people are just “scared” of something they see that is different and then say silly comments. Unfortunately, in my case, most silly comments came from my family.

  12. Charlotte

    My son is now 25 month old, he sleeps in our bed and yes, I still nurse him. Does that bother me? No! We are all happy, well-rested (even though he does nurse every two hours during the night) and content.
    – Do you ever get any time “for you”?;
    – Aren’t you bored at home with your kids? and
    – Toddlers don’t need to breastfeed, do they? When is he going to stop!?
    are the questions I am confronted with on a regular basis.
    I am a stay-at-home-mom with a very busy partner, so yes, I don’t have much time for myself. Do you hear me complain, no. In the contrary, it is a pleasure sharing my life with my son. Yes, it can be exhausting at times but at the same so rewarding. I never intended to nurse this long, I just went with the flow and here we are 25 months later and more to come. I would not want it any other way! He will nurse as long as he will want to nurse. It is up to him. He will know when he is ready to stop.
    Everybody has to figure out what is best for them. This works for us!

  13. Amy @ You Shall Go Out with Joy

    People are always asking if using a sling is difficult / painful–and have been since my son was about 4 months old!

  14. Heidi Daily

    I have practiced breastfeeding, baby wearing, cosleeping and gentle discipline with my daughter and plan to with my son as well

  15. Christena  

    Pretty much anything parenting related I feel, should be accepted by others with the “it works for us” philosophy

  16. Joella  

    I often use a variation of #10. I say:

    “We all do the best we can with what we have and what we know.”

  17. TopHat  

    I say, “Well, it’s working now. When it stops working, I’ll try something different.”

  18. Amy Bailey

    The about my daughter still breastfeeding happens or has happened often.. This one can really get to me. I think most people around me have learnt to leave me alone about it. 🙂

  19. Tracy

    I hear “Don’t you get bored at home?” a lot!

  20. Melissa H.

    I’m expecting our first, so we haven’t used any yet.. but I’m planning on baby wearing!