Attachment parenting advocate Mayim Bialik to divorce

November 22nd, 2012 by | Permalink

Mayim Bialik heading for divorce court. Photo via CBS.

Mayim Bialik, 36, who plays Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory” (and former star of “Blossom”) has announced she is divorcing her husband of nine years, Michael Stone.

Outside of acting, Mayim is mostly known for her attachment parenting advocacy. Mayim and Michael have two boys together  ages 7 and 4, whom she says slept with she and her husband well into early childhood.

Mayim has been a long time supporter of extended breastfeeding, home birthing, and child led discipline (where the child decides their own punishments and consequences). Mayim also bans what she considered to be intellectually inferior items such as toys and diapers. She reportedly allows her children to defecate and urinate wherever they please, confident that allowing them to figure it out on their own is how nature intended.

Mayim now contends, via her personal website, that her attachment to attachment parenting had nothing to do with the dissolution of her marriage. She writes:

“The hands-on style of parenting we practice played no role in the changes that led to this decision,” adding, “relationships are complicated no matter what style of parenting you choose.”

Mayim goes onto say:

“The main priority for us now is to make the transition to two loving homes as smooth and painless as possible.  Our sons deserve parents committed to their growth and health and that’s what we are focusing on.”

Last summer, comedian Heather McDonald offered a different parenting point of view, contrasting Mayim Bialik’s theory.

Heather McDonald wrote:

“Being a mother is part of who you are, but it should not be all of who you are. There is no parenting secret that ensures that your children will grow up and be successful adults. So why would you want to sacrifice your career, your financial security and oftentimes your happiness all in the name of motherhood? To me that is putting all your eggs in one basket, pun intended.”

“No, I did not breastfeed, make organic baby food or co-sleep with my children. I instead slept with their father, and I am still happily married to him today.”

Mayim Bialik, who obtained a Phd in neuroscience, purports that attachment parenting is “intellectually” superior. Apparently, not enough so to keep her marriage intact.

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