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review 2017-04-30 03:22
Book 22/100: Beyond the Sling by Mayim Bialik
Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way - Mayim Bialik,Jay Gordon

It's hard to review a book like this without sounding like I'm passing judgment on Bialik's parenting choices, which I don't really want to do -- I'm sure her kids, like most of us, will turn out more-or-less fine.

I don't know a ton about attachment parenting, but I knew that attachment parents did a lot of things I plan to do, like baby-wearing, exclusive breastfeeding, sleeping with baby in the same room, etc. And after reading about attachment parenting apart from Bialik's book, I still basically agree with its tenets. But Bialik's interpretation of it just takes it too far for my tastes, and throws in a bunch of stuff that just made her lose credibility in my eyes (like "elimination communication" and being anti-vax and generally anti-medical intervention in general).

I feel a little bit like Bialik's interpretation of attachment parenting principles is akin to fundamentalists' interpretation of Biblical principles -- they might feel like they are doing it "better" than everyone else, but really their extremism is mostly in service of their own feelings of righteousness. I can get behind responding to a child's needs in an intuitive way, but I was very uncomfortable with Bialik's interpretation that this essentially meant a parent could NEVER be away from her children. I cringed when I learned that she had only been out with her husband without her children three times in five years -- and I was not surprised to find out that they divorced a couple years after this book was published. In many ways, her interpretation of the parenting style seemed to be more about parental dependence on the children rather than the other way around. Not to mention that it deprived her children of relationships with other nurturing adults and the opportunity to build a wider support network -- far from being a hardship, I always considered it a treat to get attention from non-parental adults (babysitters, Grandma, aunts) when my own parents went out on dates or to do other things that didn't revolve around being parents.

So even though I hope to take a more balanced approach to parenting than Bialik seems to do, I still found the book helpful because my own responses to her ideas helped solidify my own parenting values.

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text 2017-04-29 20:54
Reading progress update: I've read 90 out of 346 pages.
Life and Letters of Charles Darwin - Volume 1: By Charles Darwin - Illustrated - Charles Darwin

The memoir by Darwin's son, Francis (editor of the book) is over; on to the letters of Charles.

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review 2017-04-28 12:00
Book Review of The Rise of Sivagami: Book 1 of Baahubali - Before the Beginning by Hire A Book Team

Neelkanthan’s this new Action Adventure and Historical Fiction category book answers the curiosity of Bahubali movie viewers’ to know about the beginning of powerful kingdom Mahishmati. Shivagami; grow as an orphan girl, with an intention to take revenge of her father’s death, who was murdered by the King of Mahishmathi. At the teenage Shivagami kills the king to bring Mahishmathi Empire under her rule and marries one of the foremost members of empire which brings her in the power and she becomes Raajmata Shivagami. Readers also come to know the past of other most powerful character, Kattappa while encountering other characters like GunduRamu& the Pattaraya which adds more enthusiasm in the story. It is a treat for the address as author has taken the description of the Kingdom to the highest level of detailing. His attention to even a minute detail in the narration; virtually plunks readers in Kingdom.However the main storyline focused on Shivagami, the offshoots take us to the phenomenal journey of the Kingdom and its social life.

Source: www.hireabook.com/blog/Book-Review-of-The-Rise-of-Sivagami-Baahubali-Before-the-Beginning.php
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review 2017-04-27 18:54
Book 20/100: Amy Spangler's Breastfeeding - a Parents' Guide
Amy Spangler's Breastfeeding: A Parent's Guide - Amy K. Spangler

A good beginner's guide to breastfeeding -- it's short and broken into clear sections with illustrations and bulleted text, so it's not intimidating but still packed with really good information. It gets a bit repetitive if you read it straight through (which I did), but I can see why certain bits of important information were repeated often since most people who read this will skip around to the sections that are relevant to them, so the most crucial info needs to be in pretty much all those sections. Would definitely recommend to those who are put off by massive breastfeeding tomes like The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding but who are still interested in practical info and tips on nursing a baby.

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text 2017-04-27 16:36
Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 327 pages.
At The Existentialist Café - Sarah Bakewell

"Epistemological questions opened out of another like the rounds of a turning kaleidoscope, always returning to the same point: I think I know something, but how can I know that I know what I know?"

 

Apparently this was the headeache inducing way of philosophical thinking before existentialism and phenomenology. I kind of get why people got annoyed by this and invented their own way of thinking, which focuses on the things that are right in front of you.

 

 

 

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