April 28, 2012

Beyond the Sling

I recently read 'Beyond The Sling' by Mayim Bialik...and here is my review: if you are pregnant, thinking of getting pregnant, a parent, thinking of becoming a parent...or a person...you should realllllly read this book! It was a quick, easy read with a LOT of great information/pointers! I loved it!

Three of my favorite parts...in Ms. Bialik's words...

"There are reasons why women choose natural birth, and it's not to be a martyr or be able to brag about it. Natural birth is an amazing and transformative experience that stays with you and your baby forever and just think: you already know exactly how to do it perfectly."

On peer pressure: "Trust yourself. Trust your child. Trust your intuition. Don't give in to peer pressure. There is no contest to win, no gold seal you get from the universe when your kid is the 'best'. Reduce the conflict with your children when they are behaving appropriately, and learn from their intensity, their desires, and their specialness."

On being gentle with yourself: "Part of our journey on this earth for the short time that we are here is to do our best to make the world a better place. As parents, we get to pursue this task as we try to help our children reach their potential, while learning how to make ourselves better people at the same time. No one expects you or your children to be perfect, and being hard on yourself only weakens your abilities to help your children achieve their potential in their lives."

The only thing I didn't like about this book...I feel like she used the word 'implore' too much! haha