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Alicia Silverstone Gets Real

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Silverstone familyInterview by Patty Adams Martinez

All you may know about Alicia Silverstone’s parenting is what you saw in a video that went viral years ago: her feeding her son, Bear Blu (who turns 3 in May) food from her mouth. Well, there’s way more to the actress-turned-New York Times bestselling author than that. She shares her alternatives to the one-size-fits-all way of parenting from her new book, The Kind Mama, which hits stores on April 15.

You let your preschooler sleep with you. I have to ask what moms everywhere are thinking: How do you have sex when there’s a kid in your bed?

If anything it’s extra incentive to get creative. I’ve never been a “it’s the end of the day; let’s go have sex” person. Whoever said in bed at night is the only way you can have sex?

You’ve said that your first 14 hours of labor with Bear Blu were “sexy and amazing and totally blissed out.” Share your secrets!

Every woman’s bliss is different. I was in my bedroom, walking around and feeling completely comfortable. Yes, I had contractions (which hurt!), but there are all of these natural hormones running through you that make you feel amazing. And then it transitions and the real labor starts. It’s called labor for a reason—it’s intense and hard work.

The internet was in a tizzy when you posted a video of yourself feeding Bear from your mouth. Were you surprised?

Yes, very. I wasn’t trying to make a statement. Bear wanted what I was eating—kale or collards—and literally just went for my mouth on pure instinct. It’s not like I was practicing premastication [pre-chewing food for babies], but it is something people have done for years. That’s what women did before there were blenders.

Your son was using a toilet at 6 months, which sounds like heaven for all parents who’ve gone through potty training.

We used Elmination Communication, which is all about being able to read your child’s potty needs. When his whole body tightens up, he acts restless, or makes a puckered face or flirty eyes—those are signals you should take your baby to the potty. Once he walks, he’ll naturally take himself to the toilet. It means fewer dirty diapers: less to wash or thow away, less expense, and way less mess.

Are you and your husband, Christopher Jarecki, always on the same page, or does he ever need convincing?

He thought I was crazy with Elimination Communication at first, but once he saw it worked, he was a believer. I’m the one who does all of the research and asks the questions, and then we talk it out and come to a decision together. We just had this dilemma of what school to send Bear to: one we could walk to, or the school we really love that’s a 30-minute drive. We ultimately decided to go with the magical place that’s farther away. If your kid is going to be spending a lot of time somewhere, you want it to be the best place possible, not just convenient.

What was the inspiration behind The Kind Mama?

I wanted to provide women with a book full of valuable information that would help them get pregnant and have an ailment-free pregnancy—free of all of the icky stuff that we’ve come to assume is unavoidable, from hemorrhoids to swollen ankles to diabetes. I also wanted women to know their birth options and to empower them to make the right choices for themselves.

What is the book’s lesson?

Be kind to yourself. Being a mom requires every morsel of your being. When you’re better rested, you’re more patient and can enjoy every precious moment of mamaness.

Are you an attachment style parent like Alicia or are these other styles more like you? Take our quiz and find out!

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

CDC: Nearly 1 in 4 Babies Born to Unwed Cohabitors
Health officials say nearly 1 in 4 babies are born to unmarried couples who are living together, a significant jump from a decade ago.

Forget Parent Error: Car Designs Make Seats Hard to Install
A new study says what many of us have suspected all along: Improper installation is not our fault! Blame the car design industry.

Argentine ‘Miracle’ Baby Found Alive After Death Declaration
One-week-old Luz Milagros Veron is Argentina’s miracle baby. Pronounced dead after her premature birth, the baby withstood more than 10 hours in a morgue refrigerator before being found alive.

Are Over-the-Counter Bug Bite Treatments Useless?
The Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB) released a report on Wednesday finding that after reviewing the evidence, there was little support for the use of over-the-counter remedies for bug bites.

‘Hunger Games’ Among Books Most Challenged by Parents
The more popular “The Hunger Games” trilogy becomes, the more reasons some parents and educators have found to question whether it belongs on library shelves.

Alicia Silverstone: ‘Very glad’ She Posted Pre-Chewed Food Video
Alicia Silverstone came under fire recently when the actress posted a video of herself feeding her son pre-chewed food directly from her mouth. Yet despite all the attention, the actress stands by her motherly decision.

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10 Celebrity Mom Bloggers

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Celebrity Mom BloggersThis post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.

Hollywood’s moms have joined the blogosphere.

From Denise Richards’ online community to Tori Spelling‘s family-oriented site to Alicia Silverstone’s eco-friendly blog, to Elisabeth Hasselbeck‘s Gluten-Free community, our favorite celebrity moms cover it all.

Take a look through our list of 10 celebrity mom bloggers.

Bethenny.com

Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel promises more than just Skinnygirl tips on her official blog! The mom of 1-year-old daughter Bryn dishes on everything from food, health and lifestyle tips. And be sure to check out her new line of Skinnygirl wines as well! Bethenny.com is an interactive community and online destination for Bethenny’s take on leading a healthy lifestyle, parenting, giving back to the community and life as she sees it,” her blog states. “It is a go-to resource for delicious recipes, parenting advice and news on Bethenny’s latest projects.”

ToriSpelling.com

Beverly Hills, 90210 alum and expectant mom Tori Spelling shares everything from family photos, to fashion must-haves, to funny quotes from her kids on her official website. The reality TV starlet – who is already mom to son Liam, 5, and daughters Stella, 3, and Hattie, 5 months – isn’t shy to share her political views as well, having recently weighed in on the African leader Joseph Kony. “The idea for this website came from my desire to share ideas and inspiration for elevating everyday life,” Tori describes on her blog. “From crafts to entertaining, I love to be creative, and everything I do, from wrapping a gift to writing a grocery list, to planning a surprise party, has a stylish, yet personalized feel to it. It’s possible to approach all areas of life this way, and living artfully doesn’t cost a thing – except a little creativity.”

MollySims.com

Mom-to-be Molly Sims recently launched her blog and shares everything from fertility boosting tips, to updated baby bump pics, to healthy recipes. “It’s hard for even me to believe, but as of last week I’m officially five months pregnant,” Molly blogged of her pregnancy excitement. “The baby just started kicking and at this point it’s only a matter of weeks until life as I know it is going to completely change—and I can’t wait!”

PadmaLakshmi.com

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi shares some of her family favorite recipes on her official website. The single mom of 2-year-old daughter Krishna also shares fashion, beauty and lifestyle tips. “PadmaLakshmi.com is an online community to celebrate what life has to offer,” her blog says. “The site encourages you to take a personal journey and discover your truest, happiest self while exploring the world using bare senses. Itʼs a place to cultivate new skills and a lust for adventure as well as a forum for Padma to share her honest, insightful view of the world and connect with those who believe anything is possible.”

ElisabethHasselback.com

Does anyone in your family have a gluten allergy? If so, Elisabeth Hasselbeck‘s new blog is the place for you! The busy mom of three kids – daughter Grace, 6, and sons Taylor, 4, and Isaiah, 2 – recently opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her online G-Free community. “While visiting ElisabethHasselbeck.com, you will share in fashion, food and favorites that I find along the way!” Elisabeth told us. “The Deliciously G-Free community is incredible and inviting, whether you are a resident expert or new to the gfree lifestyle. The recipes and sharing are not to be missed! In addition, you can see my various posts on travel, decor, shopping, kids, family, and our great nation.”

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Learning to Drive With A.D.H.D.
Learning to drive is hard and scary for many teenagers, but the challenges are significantly greater for adolescents who have attention problems.

SAT and ACT to Tighten Rules After Cheating Scandal
Stung by cases of cheating among Long Island high school students, the college entrance exams will now require students to upload photos when they register.

Moms Say It’s Too Hard to Breast-Feed for the Recommended Six Months
A Scottish study finds that moms think the advice to breast-feed for six months is unrealistic. They call for scaling back expectations, but advocates say that’s the wrong approach.

Grandparents Pitch in with Cash to Help Raise Grandkids
Everyone expects grandparents to splurge on gifts for their grandkids, but a new study finds that in many cases the older generation is also spending money to help their progeny with basic needs.

‘Mad Men’ Star Sings Praises of Eating Placenta
January Jones swears by a hearty serving of placenta to help fight exhaustion, and other advocates say it helps battle post partum depression. But studies have yet to prove the maternal benefits.

Alicia Silverstone Chews Food for Her 11-Month-Old Child, Bear Blu
The actress and animal rights activist posted a video herself feeding her son breakfast on her popular health food website TheKindLife.com over the weekend. The video shows the actress taking a spoonful of food, chewing it, and then passing it open-mouth to her little one.

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Alicia Silverstone Welcomes Baby Boy, Bear Blu

Monday, May 9th, 2011

alicia silverstoneAlicia Silverstone and husband Christopher Jarecki welcomed a baby boy last Thursday, May 5, just in time for the first time mom to celebrate her first Mother’s Day.

Mom and Dad are completely in love with their beautiful baby boy, according to a statement from Silverstone’s rep. At birth he weighed in at 7 lbs., 15 oz.

The couple named their son Bear Blu, joining the ranks of celebrity parents opting for a super-unique baby name rather than a classic or popular one. Knowing that Silverstone is a major animal lover, PETA activist, and vegan, maybe an animal-themed baby name shouldn’t surprise us.

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