Being that I’m not a parent, I try to reserve judgment with the way people choose to raise their children. Notice I said try. Being that my mom and aunt own a daycare, I’ve seen my fair share of poor parenting, and by now it’s easy to recognize the signs of a parent who has their priorities out of whack, a parent who’s too lazy to take care of their own child or a parent who’s enabling and essentially spoiling their child rotten.
But I’m not quite sure where to put Ms. Bialik.
You may recognize her from the hit ’90’s television show, “Blossom.” Well she’s all grown up now. With children of her own. And the child actor, turned doctor (she has a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA), turned mother and now author believes in what she calls “attachment parenting.”
And that word attachment is used literally. The goal of the technique is to keep your child as physically close to you as possible. NewsOk.com reported that the technique, which was made famous by Dr. William Sears, includes natural birth, breast-feeding, sleeping with your children, wearing your babies in slings and gentle forms of potty training and discipline.
The emphasis on breastfeeding is why Bialik still breastfeeds her three and half year old son, Fred. Which is a little unusual, to say the least. But that’s not the only tenant of she and her husband’s parenting style. The couple sleeps with their two sons on the floor of their one-bedroom home and don’t believe in our country’s consumer culture when it comes to rearing children.
Mayim has written a book about attachment parenting called, “Beyond The Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children The Attachment Parenting Way.” Though some might deem her unusual methods to be inappropriate, she’s only doing what she thinks is best for her children. Which is what she told NewsOk.com. “Most of our life is centered around trying to be the best parents we want to be,” she said.
What do you think of Mayim and her attachment parenting style?
If you want to learn more about it, read the full story at NewsOk.com.
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