A psychologist has blamed American actress Alicia Silverstone, 45, who admitted in an interview to still sleeping with her 11-year-old son, a practice that startled many.
According to Reena B. Patel, educational specialist and psychologist, such a way of doing things can lead to attachment problems for the child and limit their psychological development.
According to this expert, parents should stop sleeping with their children from the age of five.
Alicia Silverstone has opened up about her only child in an interview with Ellen Fisher’s podcast.
The actress considers that she is simply following nature by sleeping near her son, of whom she shares custody with her ex-husband, Christopher Jarecki, from whom she separated in 2018.
She adds that her parenting style is simply that of a loving mom.
“When a child begins to question the difference between the sexes, reaches puberty and/or begins to feel uncomfortable, it should stop. This may be from the age of five, ”judges the expert questioned by MailOnline.
According to her, this prolonged attachment parenting style can create co-dependency in children, limit the development of self-help skills and lead to challenges in their other relationships.
She adds that a child should start sleeping independently when they are very young.
Alicia Silverstone shared her alternative ideas for parenting in her 2014 book, The Kind Mama. In the book, she suggests that a baby who is left to sleep alone in a crib experiences what amounts to neglect.
She also pointed out that she was working on having authentic communication with her child, and that television was prohibited in her home.
The actress admitted that her way of doing things was different, but that the opinion of others was not important to her, and even that she didn’t even care “completely”.