Since welcoming her sons Miles, 6, and Frederick, 3, actress Mayim Bialik seems to have become the celebrity voice for attachment parenting.
The former Blossom star is open about her parenting decisions, from extended breastfeeding to co-sleeping, and now she’s set to share her experience as a mom with the masses in a new book titled Beyond the Sling.
In an interview with USA Today, Mayim explains the premise behind the book:
I’ve become sort of an accidental advocate for attachment parenting, which is a style of parenting that … basically, the way mammals parent and the way people have parented for pretty much all of human history except the last 200 years or so.
I don’t really think that I have any authority to write a parenting book, so basically, I wrote what this style of parenting looks like in our house. I have a neuroscience background — that’s what my doctorate is in — and I was trained to study hormones of attachment, so I definitely feel my parenting is informed by that.
But the main gist of it is that intuitively we know how to parent. We know when a baby cries it’s hard not to pick that baby up, and there’s a reason for that. I advocate for natural birth, I advocate for breast feeding, we sleep with our kids, we use baby carriers, but I don’t think that I get to tell anyone how to parent. The idea is more ‘What are the principles behind these kinds of decisions?” and those (can) inform whatever style of parenting you choose.’
From Blossom to The Big Bang Theory, Mayim is an old pro when it comes to the small screen. But despite her fame, she says that her sons still don’t watch TV.
“My older son is 6. We don’t have him watch television, so I think his consciousness has not shifted toward thinking of me as a celebrity, because it’s not part of his world to watch television like that.”