Mayim Bialik has certainly “blossomed.”
The one-time child star – now a Ph.D., thank you! – recently returned to sitcom-land with her recurring role in The Big Bang Theory. But she’s proudest of her role as a mom of two sons who’s also outspoken about attachment parenting. The holistic approach to parenthood emphasizes natural and instinctive methods of childbirth and child-rearing. Among them: home birth, extended breastfeeding, co-sleeping, baby slings and “elimination communication” (a fancy phrase for infant toilet-training – and yes, you read that right).
She recently spoke to USA Today about her new book, Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way. Hitting the shelves in March, the book explains how to become a better parent by understanding and meeting a child’s basic needs.
Mayim calls herself “an accidental advocate for attachment parenting,” but still enjoys helping other moms trust their own instincts. “I don’t really think that I have any authority to write a parenting book,” she says, “so basically, I wrote what this style of parenting looks like in our own house. I have a neuroscience background…and I was trained to study hormones of attachment, so I definitely feel my parenting is informed by that.”
She stresses, “I don’t think that I get to tell anyone how to parent. The idea is more ‘what are the principles behind those kinds of decisions?’ and those [can] inform whatever style of parenting you choose.”
Still, don’t expect the book to be popular among those moms who opt for epidurals, formula, disposable diapers and strollers. Let’s face it: Anxiety and guilt go hand-in-hand with motherhood, and hackles have a way of going up when fellow moms suggest that their methods just might be an eensy bit better for a child than yours.
Take a look at some other famous moms who have followed some of the principles of attachment parenting: