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Actress Mayim Bialik revealed that she is tired of defending her support of "attachment parenting," mad famous by Dr. William Sears, in which parents focus on holistic upbringing.
"If I'm talking to girlfriends, if I'm talking to random people, and we're talking about parenting, I tell them what works for me and why. But a lot of people want to ask me things so that they can fight with me," Bialik told the website OMG!
"And just because I'm a public person, who happened to have breastfed and slept with her kids, that doesn't mean that I want to fight with you on the street or in the supermarket. So, I think you have to be really careful to understand why people want to know what they want to know."
Bialik received criticism for stating she breastfed her 3-year-old son Fred, and allowed son Miles to determine his own potty-training schedule. She was not a fan of using diapers but instead advocates for parents to use their senses when it comes to their children's natural instincts.
"You're basically training your child to use their pants as a bathroom, and two years later we have them turn around and do all sorts of complicated manipulations to get them to unlearn," she writes in her new book on parenting.
Her book "Beyond the Sling" describes the methods used by attachment parents, which does include using a sling to carry a small child. "For me, baby-wearing made me able to go out, kept my hands free, and it kept my baby close."
"When we treat our children kindly and expect love and give love, we hopefully are raising children that then expect that and give that to the world around them," Bialik told NewsOK. "It is very consistent with a 'green' style of parenting."