- Actress Alicia Silverstone has been making headlines for years due to her holistic parenting techniques.
- Social media has strong opinions about how she should parent.
- Are the critiques from social media warranted, and if so, can they help her to become a better parent?
Alicia Silverstone, of “Clueless” fame, is a weird mom.
Her unconventional parenting methods have been making headlines since her son, Bear, was born in 2011. First, the discourse was “Bear? What kind of name is Bear?” Well, that conversation is not too out of the norm for the current celebrity zeitgeist. Famous people name their kids weird things all of the time. The public makes jokes about it for a couple of weeks, and then it’s done.
Then, the discourse eventually shifted when Alicia started exhibiting weird parenting techniques.
Alicia Silverstone Raises Her Child “Naturally”
In 2012, Alicia uploaded a video of her chewing food and then…distributing that food to her baby’s mouth. Like a bird. Okay, so that’s a little freaky. Turns out, feeding your child pre-chewed food is “natural,” according to Alicia.
I can understand that it would make some people feel uncomfortable, possibly, because it’s new to them. But I do want to let you know that this has been going on for thousands of years — still going on all over the place — and it’s natural.
Alicia continued to cause controversy when she elaborated about her holistic approach to parenting with her book “The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning.”
In this book, she details her son’s vegan diet and her anti-vaccination position. The anti-vax stance is dangerous to be sure, and I can understand why someone would feel it’s worthy of criticism. Is that what she’s being criticized for, though?
No. She’s a bad parent because her child is vegan, has long hair, and imperfect teeth.