How many books did you read while you were pregnant? Or trying to become pregnant? Or as a parent (if you had time!)? I don’t know about you, but I read a lot. I also know of people who didn’t read any. For the exact reason that I read a lot.
That reason being that there is so much information out there! So much stuff that you don’t necessarily agree with. So much stuff based on fear. So much stuff that just doesn’t quite sit right with you.
I took little bits and pieces from so many different books, websites and articles. I ended up having a birth that I am proud of and in love with. I ended up being the sort of parent that I used to look up to. Albeit with a huge number of faults! It’s a work in progress. So I continue to read and learn and experience.
And in all the time that I have been reading about pregnancy, parenting, mothering, birth, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, crying it out, baby led weaning, elimination communication and a huge range of natural parenting topics I only found ONE book that truly resonated with me. Only one book that I recommended to others. Only one book that I didn’t really have to pick bits and pieces from and disregard the rest. That’s sad, right? Especially considering there are thousands of parenting books published.
Strangely, that ONE book is not the one I’m about to tell you about. However, the book that I am about to tell you about makes TWO for me. I now have two books that I love, would recommend and can use in it’s entirety to help me along my parenting journey. I only wish that it had been written sooner!
Anyone who has watched Beaches, Blossom or Big Bang Theory knows who Mayim Bialik is. If you don’t recognise the name, you should at least recognise the face.
Mayim is an actress, neuroscientist, author, mother of 2 and a natural parenting advocate. She is truly inspiring. And she (actually her publicist) has sent me Beyond the Sling (her book) so that I can share it with you! That is what I’m most excited about.
For fear of ‘ruining the ending’ I won’t divulge too much book info but it covers EVERYTHING you want to know about ‘green parenting’ from birthing, co-sleeping, elimination communication, baby wearing, breastfeeding and secure attachment… to raising children, health choices, discipline and finding balance in your life (family, you, work, relationships).
And she writes so well. She is gentle with her words, non-judgemental, loving, thorough and she backs up what she has to say with experience, science or both.
It may seem odd but one of the main reasons I purchased the book myself is because I saw this written on her website.
It’s simple enough. Yet all I thought was “Right, here’s one that seems like she actually gets it”.
Maybe it’s because she too had many troubles breastfeeding that I liked her book. Maybe it’s because she inspired me to do EC with my next baby. Maybe it’s because she is real when she writes. She doesn’t make parenting out like its not. She’s actually honest.
Whether you are pregnant, are planning to be pregnant, are a parent or know someone who is… you want to read this book.
It’s easy. All you have to do is comment below with your all time favourite thing about parenting (or what you would look forward to most if you were a parent).
Oh, and there are a few rules…
1. Only for those who live in Australia – sorry but I’m not sending overseas just yet!
2. You can only enter with your comment once. Although you can have a second entry if you share this post on Facebook or Twitter… just add a second comment with your Facebook/Twitter link of where you have shared.
3. Competition closes at the end of Sunday 29th April – winner will be notified by email (so make sure you leave us our address – it won’t be published) and on this blog on Monday 30th April.
4. The winner will have 7 days to contact Alive and Blogging with their address to claim their prize – after that the competition will be re-drawn.
5. Winner will be drawn at random. Although I’ll still love and read all of your creative, fun or funny answers Makes it more fun for me!