Alicia Silverstone's Kind Mama parenting book is taking the Internet by storm, and not in a good way. If you haven't heard about it, here's a synopsis:
In Kind Mama, Alicia Silverstone claims to have the answers regarding how to avoid things like cancer, thyroid conditions, diabetes, infertility, and depression.
Basically, her answer is "eat more plants." She calls them "kind foods" but that's it in a nutshell. And she sort of comes off sounding like a big ol' nut. See?
If you listen to Alicia Silverstone, you need to:
- Stop using tampons because your "chichi" will absorb phthalates.
- Practice the "kind mama" way to avoid postpartum depression.
- NOT vaccinate your kids because of anecdotes, which, FYI are NOT science.
So maybe she's on to something with the chemicals in tampons, but tampon manufacturers probably aren't out to get us. And any woman who calls her vagina a "chichi" loses any and all respectability points.
If you can't say "vagina" in public, maybe don't be talking about them. Shailene Woodley, who is not a mom, has no trouble saying the word vagina out loud. And she's pretty open about what she lets hers absorb.
Silverstone REALLY riled up the postpartum support community with her comments that "kind mamas" don't typically get postpartum depression.
According to Postpartum Progress, the most widely read blog IN THE WORLD on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, 1 in 7 women will experience a postpartum depression and/or anxiety and that's only the cases that get diagnosed.
1. In. 7.
Telling moms who've survived what she herself was lucky not to experience that if only they'd done things her way they wouldn't have suffered is, well, a load of crap.
And finally, but certainly not the least offensive thing to come out of her book, Alicia Silverstone doesn't believe in vaccinating her children against childhood and now-eradicated diseases. (Diseases which were eradicated because of vaccines...)
Perhaps we shouldn't be taking parenting advice from someone whose biggest claim to fame remains a film she made in 1995 where she played a ditzy high school student eager to lose her virginity.