On the heels of the release of her book, Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way, Big Bang Theory star and neuroscience PhD Mayim Bialik sat down with ABC News to discuss her family’s style of parenting, which includes baby-wearing, co-sleeping, feeding on demand, diaperless parenting, holistic medicine, a vegan diet and unschooling/homeschooling.
She fields tough and critical questions with grace, and explains that her choices are what work for her family. She maintains that she doesn’t feel tethered to her kids, but that she feels perfectly content. She also explains that her style of parenting doesn’t cost a lot of money, and that they shop at thrift stores for their kids’ wardrobes.
As do most people who release a book on parenting, Mayim has come under fire for some of her views, and has faced a great deal of criticism. When asked why she thinks some parents are so critical of other parents’ decisions, she posits that women in particular are taking “office politics” into their social circles and into their homes. “So there’s a strong need to be right. … So, you’re either right or you’re wrong,” she explains.
What do you think about Mayim’s choices for her family? Would they work for you or have they already? And why do YOU think parents are sometimes so critical of each other?