Mayim Bialik is famous for many things — acting, her degree in neuroscience, and the distinctive way she and her husband are raising their two sons Miles, 6, and Fred, 3 1/2. Mayim recently shares her experience with attachment parenting in her new “memoir” Beyond the Sling, and she opened up in a new interview with Celebrity Baby Scoop about motherhood as she knows it.
Of her new book, Mayim said, “I’m super nervous and excited to bring our families’ experience with parenting – and parenting this specific way – to the general public and anyone who is interested. This is just the way we live and the way a lot of our friends do. And this is what works best for us.
Having a background in neuroscience really helped me come to a lot of understanding about the choices that I already wanted to make. And that’s one of the points I make in the book: you don’t need a Ph.D. in neuroscience to be a good parent. But for me it really helped understand a lot of the intuitive things I was doing that a lot of popular parenting wisdom says you shouldn’t do.”
In response to Celebrity Baby Scoop’s inquiry, “how do you handle the criticism on your beliefs of attachment parenting, breastfeeding, etc.,” Mayim said, “With my first son I was very sensitive, I felt very judged, I doubted myself a lot. But what I did is I found other women who parented this way. That’s who we go to when we need help and when our inlaws think we’re nuts.”
As for acting and motherhood, Mayim makes clear where her real love lies: “Being a mom is my true passion. If I had to never work again – and in my industry you may never work again – that’s really the place where I feel I belong. As a mom.”
As for “belonging,” Mayim insists she never really has. And that’s okay with her: “I don’t fit in in Hollywood. I never really did. I never really fit in anywhere – I was always kind of an odd kid no matter what I was doing. But I’ve been really, really lucky.”
Do you follow the “rules” of attachment parenting?