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Blossom Star Dishes on Parenting Techniques

By Erin Blakeley |

Former Blossom star Mayim Bialik has been inching her way back onto the small screen of late, with a smattering of guest-starring roles, including a story arc lined up for the season finale of The Big Bang Theory.

But she still found time to dish about her parenting style, which includes sleeping in a family bed, and teaching her two sons, Miles, 5, and Frederick, 20 months, elimination communication, a method of infant potty training.

According to an interview posted on ParentDish, Bialik’s husband, Michael Stone, was initially skeptical of the technique, which involves learning a infant’s ‘elimination cues’, and holding him or her over a potty. But the method worked for Bialik, and she claims that her son was actually potty trained by his first birthday. (!!!)

Say Bialik: “My mother-in-law, who’s a medical technician, thought it was the craziest thing she’d ever heard, but she’s now a believer.”

Potty trained by 1, huh? That sounds really, really good to me right now, since I am having not much luck with my almost three-year-old.

Did you try elimination communication with your kids, or are you working on the M&M bribery/pull-up method/lots of accidents routine I have going on in my household right now?

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About Erin Blakeley


Erin Blakeley

Erin Blakeley is a freelance writer and journalist whose work has appeared in the Star Ledger, NYC24, and Tiempo, among other publications. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and son.

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0 thoughts on “Blossom Star Dishes on Parenting Techniques

  1. MaraLee says:

    I am so happy for a Blossom comeback! Elimination communication, which sounds kind of like a new techno song, seems great, but all sleeping in the same bed?

  2. Heather says:

    I think Mayim is way cool, but I can’t get on board with elimination communication. I believe that it works, but I’m simply way too lazy to implement it with my kids.

  3. Elizabeth Parise says:

    I have 6 children and have “ECed” from birth with the youngest 3. I found EC easy to include into our busy lives. In many ways it is easier than full-time diapering. It is no harded to “potty on cue” than it is to breastfeed on cue. It isn’t really an early method of toilet training, but more an alternative to full-time diapering. I found my ECed children had an easier time becoming toilet independent because the awareness had been kept up. I never felt the urge to resort to bribery with them. Erin, you might try applying some “late-start” EC ideas to potty training your 3 year old. Some tips for this are:
    - Realize that your child has essentially learned to use diapers. It will take time to “un-learn” that before learning to use a potty/toilet.
    - Try using cloth training pants or at least a piece of a washcloth or something inside a disposible diaper so that your child is better able to feel wetness.
    - Try having your child sit on the potty with a diaper on first, then on the potty with an open diaper inside the potty, then slowly take it away. Keeping the familiar diaper around during the process can ease the transition.
    - Focus on the communication. Help your child to figure out signs of needing to go to the bathroom. Something like hyperactivity is a common signal.
    - Offer diaper-free opportunities.
    - Offer the potty during common elimination times such as just upon waking or before a bath.
    - Let your child see adults using the toilet. Kids learn by imitating.

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