Mayim Bialik talks about attachment parenting, sharing a family bed
Mayim Bialik, who is best known for starring in "Blossom," appeared on "Anderson" to talk about attachment parenting.
Bialik told host Anderson Cooper that her children will most likely share her bed with her until they are between 5 and 7 years old.
"We have two beds on the floor next to each other. And honestly, there is a natural desire for independence at night that does come," Bialik said. "Most adults, you know, do not want to sleep alone - it's not normal. It is normal to be close to someone who loves you at night. There's nothing weird about it."
Attachment parenting has been in the news lately thanks to a controversial cover of Time magazinee which featured a young mother breastfeeding her 3-year-old son. Bialik has stepped up in support of the method and wrote a new book, "Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way," which is available now.
The 36-year-old actress explained that attachment parenting is "the way mammals parent, the way primates parent, and pretty much all of human history it's the way people parented" and focuses on natural birth, breastfeeding, sleeping safely near your child and holding your child.
"A lot of people hear this term and think a lot of things -- that there's an attachment parenting police," Bialik continued. "That if you have a C-section you're out, or if you don't breastfeed, you're out. And it's simply not that."
Bialik has a recurring role on "The Big Bang Theory," portraying Amy Farrah Fowler. The actress has been married to her husband Michael Stone since 2003. The pair have two sons - Miles Roosevelt Bialik Stone, born October 10, 2005, and Frederick Heschel Bialik Stone, born August 15, 2008.
Bialik joked to OnTheRedCarpet.com in December 2010 at a party to celebrate the 100th episode of "The Big Bang Theory" that she makes her husband call her "Dr. Bialik," referring to the PhD in neuroscience she earned from UCLA.
Alanis Morissette also recently voiced her support of attachment parenting and said that she plans to breastfeed her 16-month-old son Ever until he says "no more."
The 37-year-old singer made her comments on "The Bill Bush Show" recently, telling the radio host, I'll breastfeed and I'll be breastfeeding until my son is finished and he weans... I think it afford the child, when he grows up, to have a lot less therapy to go to. For me, I protect his safety and his well-being and his attachment."
Watch Mayim Bialik's interview on "Anderson" below.