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:
Kourtney Kardashian 1 of 5Kourtney let son Mason sleep in her bed right through toddlerhood. "I find it to be an amazing bonding experience for both mother and son, and I wouldn't have it any other way," she once blogged. Will she need a bigger bed when Baby #2 arrives?
Maggie Gyllenhaal 2 of 5Another supporter of public breastfeeding, Maggie created a stir when she was photographed nursing daughter Ramona without a cover-up. Maybe she'll get one at the baby shower for her new arrival.
Ricki Lake 3 of 5After delivering her second son in a water birth at home, Ricki made a documentary about natural birthing.
Gwen Stefani 4 of 5Gwen breastfed both Kingston and Zuma past the 1-year mark, and admits feeling sad when Zuma weaned himself.
Keri Russell 5 of 5A supporter of attachment parenting, Keri used a sling for son River and breastfed him in public. No doubt she'll do the same with the baby she's expecting next year.
[Photos: Pacific Coast News]
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