Mayim Bialik Named Celebrity Spokesperson by the Holistic Moms Network

07/12/2009 at 08:00 AM ET
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CBB readers already know that Mayim Bialik is committed to raising sons Miles, 3 ½, and Fred, 11 months, as holistically as possible, and now her dedication has been acknowledged by the Holistic Moms Network (HMN).  A nationwide non-profit resource organization, HMN seeks to connect parents who are interested in holistic health and green living.

Mayim — who has been a member of HMN for several years — will now serve as its celebrity spokesperson, a role she relishes. “For those of us who parent against current trends, and for those of us who are parenting after educated, compassionate decisions, to do so without support can be disheartening, discouraging, and often leads to straying from our instincts,” she notes. “HMN provides the support and education that we historically have gotten from close-knit communities.” She adds,

“In HMN, I really found my people and it helped me gain confidence so that I did not feel defensive or ashamed to share my parenting choices when asked.”

The organization has more than 120 chapters throughout the United States, and advocates seven fundamental ideas for holistic parenting, including living simply and consuming less, making informed and educated parenting decisions, teaching children to respect and care about the natural world and limiting their exposure to advertising, marketing and a consumer-driven culture.

Each chapter meets at least once per month, where members connect and learn from one another; HMN members are also privy to email discussion groups and an e-newsletter. For more information on HMN or to learn how to join, click here.

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michelle on

I commend Mayim for being so confident about her parenting choices and the fact that she is supporting of others who share in her views without being “preachy” to others who may have differing views. I have been raising my child using the Montessori philosophy and have always been surprised at the number of people who are so negative about it-when people don’t understand something, they are the first to critisize. Although I am not “holistic” in my child rearing, I share many of her thoughts and beliefs, as they are similar to the Montessori method and I respect her wanting to assist others who are choosing similar ideals.

stedine on

Good for her. I love Blossom. I just saw her on “What Not To Wear” last week.

Angi on

That is really cool! I wish I could be more like that.

Heather on

I think it is interesting that Mayim says “for those of us who parent against curren trends.” I follow a lo tof the same parenting practices as Mayim: homebirthing, cloth diapering, EC’ing,babywearing, etc. and while I definitely felt outside of the fringe in my earlier parenting years, this is no longer the case. Fortunately, I don’t think that holistic parenting really is against current trends anymore, in fact, I think it is quite trendy right now, especially in certain parts of the country. Once upon a time, I had people roll their eyes about cloth diapers and wonder what it was in that weird shirt I was wearing (baby wearing), but now, with my third baby, I get eager questions from wann-be cloth diaperers and I see many other moms ( and some Dad !) using slings, wraps, and so on for wearing their babies. I am fortunate to live in a fairly progressive part of the country, but I definitey think that holistic parenting is not that unusual anymore. I do agree that with any parenting decisions, support is important, especially today when it is so hard to make informed parenting decisions, based on the incredible amount of information (sometimes conflicting) that is available.

N on

I love her! And quite honestly… I agree, I am definitely on the outskirts within the people I know. I live in Arkansas and when people went to my registry and noticed cloth diapers and a couple baby wearing items and mostly organic, the questions just started rolling in! People were APPALLED when I said we plan to give birth at home. I cannot tell you how many people came to me and told me I was being stupid and this was an unsafe situation. All people who have never read a thing about homebirthing. Before I decided on homebirth, people thought I was nuts for saying I was against epidurals. It was (and still is) quite offensive. But I have had to learn to let it roll of my back. I look at as the same way when I decided to be vegetarian, then eventually vegan. I mean… we are the south, we like fried chicken and barbeque. How on earth could I go against my southern roots?🙂

Hello on

I agree with other posters that holistic parenting is not really against trends anymore. If anything, holistic parents seems to be a trendy thing to do nowadays. That being said, I do not like the wording of her statement. To say “for those of us who are parenting after educated, compassionate decisions” is unfair to those make educated, compassionate decisions and make the opposite choice of Mayim. I for one follow all the 7 principles listed in holistic parenting, however after becoming educated, I decided to vaccinate my children.

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