Mayim Bialik rose to fame through her televisionportrayal of a free-spirited teenager named Blossom and it seems her character”spersonality traits are now mirrored in her own life.
The actress, who played the lead role in the Eighties Americansitcom Blossom, has written a parenting book titled Beyond The Sling: A Real-LifeGuide To Raising Confident, Loving Children The Attachment Parenting Way.
The 36-year-old has detailed how she breastfeeds her three-and-a-halfyear-old son Fred and how she and her husband allow him and Miles, theirsix-year-old son, to sleep on two mattresses on the ground with them everynight.
Unconventional: Blossom star Mayim Bialik has a book about the attachment parenting method she has adopted. She has two sons, Fred, three and Miles, six
The Los Angeles-based actress, who now features in CBS”s The Big Bang Theory as the brainy Amy Farrah Fowler, follows the Attachment Parentingmethod originally coined by Dr WilliamSears, a U.S. pediatrician.
The unconventional technique also involves potty training withoutdiapers, a natural birth and wearing a baby in a sling to ensure they remainphysically close to a parent’s body.
Mrs Bialik told Newsok.com: “When we treat our childrenkindly and expect love and give love, we hopefully are raising children thatthen expect that and give that to the world around them.
“It is very consistent with a “green” style of parenting.”
She and her husband of eight years Mike Roosevelt, 36, livein a one-bedroom house.
There is no playroom for their sons because the coupledo not believe in supplying their children with expensive toys.
Mrs Bialik, who is a spokesperson for America’s HolisticMoms Network, said: “Our society”s obsession with consumerism, especially inthe realm of baby things, baby soaps and baby products… that”s something thatmy husband and I, partly for frugality and partly for environmental reasons,have really rejected.
Child star: Mrs Bialik is known for playing Blossom, the free-spirited teenager
“We figure everything out without spending a lot of money onthat kind of stuff.”
She kept both of her children close to her person for manyof their first months by placing them in a sling across her body every day.
The $35 sling was used for both Miles and Fred, who werekept laid down rather than upright to ensure the baby kept its natural shape.
Guide: She has written a book about her unusual parenting methods
The couple have also allowed their children to develop correcttoilet habits as soon as they realise their body’s natural signals.
Mrs Bialik said in regards to diaper use: ‘You’re basicallytraining your child to use their pants as a bathroom and two years later wehave them turn around and do all sorts of complicated manipulations to get themto unlearn.’
She added that she is motivated by a desire to be the bestparent she could possibly be.
‘Most of our life is centered around trying to be the parentswe want to be.’
The actress achieved her PhD in neuroscience in 2008.
She looked to her doctoral thesis while she was researching her new book.
She focused on the hormones of human attachment, which are often a big part in the emotional bond a parent forms with their child.