My wife has a subscription to US Weekly magazine and I can admit that I glance at it occasionally. But only after I’ve finished reading my own magazines about sports, mustaches, chainsaws and other manly things. US has a feature called “Stars Are Just Like Us”, which shows pictures of celebs in real day-to-day situations like Britney Spears getting a parking ticket “just like us” normal people. Except our tickets aren’t usually on a $400,000 Bentley. In Beverly Hills.
A couple recent news stories grabbed my attention and made me wonder if celebrities parent “just like us” average folk, too. Do you think they ever get peed on, like us peons, or do they have an assistant with a shield, mask and tarp to handle that task?
The first story involved Alicia Silverstone, who you probably remember from the 1990s movie Clueless and pretty much nothing else since. She recently posted a video on YouTube of her chewing food from a plate and then depositing it from her mouth directly into her son’s mouth for him to eat. As if it’s not bad enough that she named her son “Bear Blu”, the video makes them look like they are hormonal teens playing tonsil hockey. I know mama birds chew food for their babies, but they don’t have opposable thumbs. Or knives and forks. There’s also some serious bacteria-transfer going on in a situation like that which can’t be healthy for Bear. Yes, I’m an admitted germaphobe but I’d rather roll around in a bathtub filled with staph-infected snakes than eat food someone else had already chewed, no matter the familial relationship.
The second story was about actress January Jones eating her own placenta after the birth of her son. When I first heard about this, I pictured her wearing a giant bib while cutting into a steak-like lump of flesh. Then I found out the placenta is actually ground up and put into a capsule. I guess that’s better or at least a more efficient way of eating it. Supposedly eating ones’ afterbirth helps with postpartum depression, increases the supply of breast milk, restores pre-pregnancy energy levels and helps replenish nutrients lost during pregnancy and more. There is no scientific research proving any of those claims to be true, though. I’m not an expert, but I’m pretty sure those traits can be obtained via a variety of supplements at any drug store. Or the majority of items at Whole Foods. And none of the ingredients lived in a person’s body for almost a year. I totally understand wanting to bond with your child, but eating their womb-side TV dinner seems a little close for comfort to me. Perhaps Miss Jones thinks that by gaining notoriety for this quirky behavior people will forget that she was in the awful “American Wedding” sequel a few years ago.
The third story is about actress Mayim Bialik who recently wrote a book about her dedication to “attachment parenting”. I give her a lot of credit for being with her kids all the time and not hiring a nanny or babysitter as many people, whether famous or not, do. But I think that waking up 4-6 times per night to breastfeed her 3 ½ year old sons seems excessive. Bialik starred in “Beaches” as a tween and now stars on “The Big Bang Theory”, a sitcom about brilliant scientists/social misfits whose mothers’ parenting stunted their emotional growth. It sounds like Mayim is taking a page out of that book and applying it to her real life.
From what I’ve learned over the last few years, breastfeeding is an incredible experience that creates a strong bond between mother and child. But when the kid is old enough to go to school or eat a steak, it might be time to wean. If I were a woman (which I’m not, just to be clear) I’d be afraid of sharp untrained teeth on my delicate areas. I guess Mayim’s overnight routine isn’t as difficult, however, since her whole family sleeps in a communal bed on the floor of her bedroom. I know how much fun it is when my son is in our bed occasionally for an hour and can’t fathom him being there all night, nor would I want to. That’s partly because a) I like having pillows and covers & b) I don’t like getting kicked in the head while sleeping. It’s not that I don’t want to be with my son or spend quality time with him, but I think a certain level of independence is very important for kids to develop early and sleeping in their own crib/bed in their own room is a vital component of that.
From reading all of these unorthodox parenting stories, I learned that celebrities really do parent just like us. I know that Alicia, January and Mayim are not the only people who believe in the techniques mentioned above. I think that every parent is obligated to do what they feel is best for their children. Just because it might not be right for me, doesn't mean it's not right for you. Though the practices mentioned above are not any that my wife or I have ever used on our son, our parenting is similar to the celebrities in that we all obviously love our kids enough to do whatever we believe will help them thrive, by any means necessary. So I guess stars really are just like us.
What do you think of these parenting methods and practices? Do you utilize any of them?
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