While Mayim Bialik made a name for herself on the silver screen as the star of “Blossom” and a cast member of “The Big Bang Theory”, ironically, the TV star has banned TV in her own home. Interestingly, the actress believes that TV is not a stimulating enough activity and prefers for her kids to spend time doing more engaging activities.
The actress’s other motivation is that media can be too influential on a child’s mind. And since Bialik cannot always control what her kids would watch, she prefers to ban TV altogether. That being said, we’re pretty sure one day her sons, Miles and Frederick, are going to binge-watch all 12 seasons and 279 episodes of “The Big Bang Theory”. We won’t blame them since we did the same.
Prolonged Natural Feeding
In Bialik’s parenting book “Beyond the Sling”, she outlines beneficial behaviors for parents such as prolonged natural feeding, aka prolonged breastfeeding. We can guess that not all parents are on board with this approach, especially after learning that Bialik nursed her youngest son till he was four.
The rationale behind Bialik’s insistence on prolonged natural feeding is that breastmilk provides infants with essential nutrients. It releases the love hormone, oxytocin, in mothers. When a mother feels like she is providing for babies, she forms stronger bonds with them. Not everyone would be on board with this parenting method, but one mother from the movie “Grown Ups” followed this approach. Considering “Grown Ups” is a comedy, we can safely say prolonged natural feeding will not become the new norm.
“Beyond the Sling”
We’re not quite sure why Bialik titled her parenting book “Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way.” You see, Bialik seems to have a hard time moving “beyond” the sling altogether. In fact, one Bialik parenting rule is that mothers should wear the sling as much as possible to promote as much bonding time between the mother and baby.
Since Bialik is an advocate for “attachment parenting” (as per the book’s name), we can see why Bialik is not quite “beyond the sling”. Let’s just hope the actress has put the sling away as her sons, Miles and Frederick, are now all grown up, so she would be experiencing major back pain if she was still lugging them about in slings.
On this point, we can safely say that most parents will have a hard time agreeing with Bialik’s approach to parenting. Changing diapers is a challenge for most parents. The way Bialik gets around this one is by having no diapers at all. Bialik’s method here involves potty training – even for babies.
According to the actress, if parents are in touch with their young, they will notice certain signs that their baby wants to potty. Then, it is the parents’ cue to bring them to the potty. While it is an alternative way of doing business, we’re not sure how it works at outdoor venues or when the family is away from home. Looks like we’ll need to turn to the actress for more insight into that.
Some of Bialik’s rules are so controversial that even the Public Health Agency of Canada has made public warnings against them. The Canadian Public Health warns against co-sleeping to prevent sudden infant deaths. According to the public institute, the safest place for babies is a crib or cradle. Bialik does not share their views.
Her belief is that co-sleeping is one of the main points of attachment parenting. Though Bialik has her Ph.D. in Neuroscience, we believe the Canadian Public Health on this one. As much as co-sleeping is snuggly, if the whole family is sleeping in one bed it can get crowded quickly. Also, since sleep disorders are now an epidemic, we’re going to keep chasing the kids back to their beds to get our much-needed beauty sleep.