Can you believe the former teen star of Blossom, Mayim Bialik, is now a 36-year-old mother of two? She’s also a huge proponent of “attachment parenting” — a method child rearing designed to encourage maximum nurturing between moms and dads and their kids. (Mayim, for example, believes co-sleeping can be beneficial and says she still breast feeds her youngest son, who’s over 3 years old.)
In between family time and her job as lovable nerdette Amy Farrah Fowler on The Bing Bang Theory, she even wrote a memoir called Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way. During a lunch in celebration of the book thrown by TheMoms.com, Mayim chatted with Wetpaint Entertainment about being a celebrity mom and which famous mothers she admires most.
Wetpaint Entertainment: A lot of celebrities are really into publicizing their babies — first there’s a pregnancy announcement, like the one Snooki just did, then baby shower photos, first photos of the kid, then a “How I lost the weight” type of story, followed a year later by the first birthday, etc. What is your take on that whole celebrity baby machine?
Mayim Bialik: Well, for me, I happen to not want to participate in that kind of media. But I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with it at all. There’s a demand for it and people love that stuff and that’s our culture. That said, it’s not for everyone. A lot of celebrity moms choose not to do it.
It’s an individual decision.
Exactly. I’m fascinated, for example, by people like Pink. I love her personality. When her daughter was born, she made a statement to the media that said, no, you don’t have a right to get mad at me just because I’m not giving you what you THINK I should give you in terms of access to my child.
But there is another side to that. If you don’t give them a photo of your kid then, yeah, they’re going to hide in the bushes to try to get it. The paparazzi feed the machine.
What other celebrity moms do you admire?
In terms of attachment parenting, it was great to see Gwen Stefani holding her kids, when they were younger, in a sling. I think the best trend ever is slings becoming popular. Look, you don’t put your kid in a sling unless you know how to do it and you want to do it. Seeing her photographed doing it was really amazing.
Which Big Bang character do you think would have benefitted from attachment parenting?
[Laughing] I think Leonard [Johnny Galecki]. Leonard talks a lot about his mom, she’s a parenting expert, right? She’s always phoning it in for him. There have been a lot of episodes that talk about his attachment to his mom. That’s a really funny question!