Mayim Bialik raises her children Miles, 8 and Fred, 5, as Vegans. The Big Bang Theory actress – who has a new cookbook out called Mayim’s Vegan Table - says since they are home schooled – it’s been easier for her to have them to follow the vegan lifestyle.
“But you don’t have to home schooled to keep your children vegan,” she said in an interview with One Green Planet.
Mayim added that it’s about teaching kids that “animals have feelings and experiences and lives.”
She also said, “It’s about not going to zoos and about being very clear with my children that Momma gets sad at zoos…momma doesn’t go to the circus. These things won’t work for us.”
A self-proclaimed “hippie mama” – she makes her kids’ shampoos and avoids commercial cleaning products. The single mom is also a big supporter of breastfeeding. In February she explained why she had no regrets on doing so in public.
She told The Huffington Post, “I think anywhere you give a bottle, you breastfeed. I didn’t feel the need to be immodest, but also feel like that’s going to vary from woman to woman. I would try and be, absolutely, respectful and conscious of the community I was in, but I don’t believe you need to cover up a baby eating, anymore than you need to cover up a baby drinking a bottle.”
“Breastfeeding is not a sexual act. It’s an intimate act, and that makes some people uncomfortable. But that’s completely normal to have all of the humane hormones that are released when you breastfeed regulating your relationship with your child — that’s simply normal.”
Divorced from her ex-husband Michael Stone - Mayim claims he’s a great dad.
“Even though I’m divorced, I’m very grateful to my son’s father for being an incredible present parent,” she told E! News at the 20th SAG Awards Preview Day.
“He’s home with them when I’m at work and he’s their full-time dad when I’m not with them, so that’s how I do it. We don’t use a nanny and I clean my own toilets, famously, and I make my own food and have a very kind of simple life that way. There’s no magic. They have their father taking care of them and that’s how our life works,” Bialik continued. “But I have tremendous respect for moms who are juggling daycare, two parents working and all that stuff. I don’t know how I would do that.
“It’s incredibly difficult, and I appreciate that I’m a public person and people say, ‘Oh, you balance it well,’ but there are women who balance a lot more than I do with a lot more grace and a lot less resources. So I try not to say, ‘I’ve figured it all out!’ because I have a lot of support and there are women who don’t.”