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An article on the Access Hollywood Web site recently got my attention: "Mayim Bialik Talks Unconventional Parenting." I was interested first of all because it was about Blossom. Can you believe that show was 20 years ago? Will that poor girl ever NOT be Blossom??

 

Second of all, it was about "unconventional parenting," and I had to read it because I was sure that whatever Blossom was doing I was probably doing, too. Not that I'm some radical, crunchy, hippie freak of a mother. It's just that when someone calls something a parent does "unconventional" it usually means it "makes perfect sense in a rational world."

 

Sure enough, Blossom sleeps in a family bed with her husband and two sons, ages 5 and 2. That's her big "unconventional" parenting technique...a family bed. My daughter slept with us every single night until she was at least 6, and I still sleep in her bed a couple of times a month. It's what she needs from us, and we're willing to give it to her. My son, on the other hand, prefers to sleep alone, so as soon as I stopped breastfeeding he no longer needed the family bed. It all makes sense in a rational world, right?

Family beds are awesome, and if you don't believe it just look closely at any new parent's eyes. The ones with no bags under them probably sleep in a family bed! Nursing moms are CRAZY if they don't let their babies sleep with them. You don't have to wake up every two hours; just pull out your boob and let the baby do all the work!

 

And don't even start with the "safety of the baby" stuff. AskDrSears.com published an article called "Safe Sleeping With Your Baby" in which it was revealed that a national campaign launched a few years ago to warn parents about the dangers of sleeping with your baby was co-sponsored by a crib manufacturer's association!

 

I wonder how they felt after today's announcement that drop-side cribs are now outlawed. The article said the Consumer Product Safety Commission made the decision "after the deaths of more than 30 infants and toddlers in the past decade and millions of recalls." How many of those babies would still be alive if they had slept with their parents??

 

The "real" research has shown that parents who use common sense (there's that "rational world" stuff again) can safely sleep with their babies. Unless you are extremely obese or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you should be able to handle a family bed.

 

So cheers to Blossom for using common sense in her parenting techniques! She also revealed they have a "no-media household" in which her kids don't watch TV. To me, this is more "unconventional" than the family bed. What a weirdo!!

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