In an interview today with the Los Angeles Times' Irene Lacher, actress, neuroscientist (both on television and in the real world), and now author Mayim Bialik discussed her new parenting book, Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way, in which voices her support of "attachment parenting." Bialik explains that what kids really need is emotional interaction and says of the attachment method,
Breast-feeding is the natural, optimal way to feed a child. Sleeping with your child, wearing your child in a sling as opposed to pushing them around in expensive strollers, those are things that matter biologically and sociologically for the structure of a family. Other principles include honoring a baby's voice, meaning honoring a baby's cry and not seeing babies as manipulative. Attachment parenting is not permissive parenting, but the general notion is children have feelings that should be valued, and we do not coerce them simply because it's inconvenient that they're having emotions.
Manipulative babies? I mean, it's not as if infant are these demons that feed solely on their parents' fading dreams — they're inarticulate little people who will probably grow up in a world without Blossom reruns to help shape their worldview and guide their adolescent choices. Then again, maybe there are parents who feel that their newborns are out to get them, plotting in their playpens about how to keep their guardians sleep-deprived and weak.
The Sunday Conversation: Mayim Bialik [LA Times]