Did you know that Alicia Silverstone, star of Clueless and some Aerosmith videos, runs her own lifestyle website? Neither did I, but it's real and it's called The Kind Life. It's one of those general "live a healthy and fulfilled life while also not destroying the planet" kind of sites, which is cool. I'm down with that. I like eating local food and using eco-friendly soaps and riding mass transportation instead of driving. But, um, here is a video of Silverstone pre-chewing some food and feeding it to her son with her mouth?
Cher Horowitz would not approve. The video was posted last week, along with this explanatory blurb from the bird-inspired mama:
I just had a delicious breakfast of miso soup, collards and radish steamed and drizzled with flax oil, cast iron mochi with nori wrapped outside, and some grated daikon. Yum! I fed Bear the mochi and a tiny bit of veggies from the soup…from my mouth to his. It’s his favorite…and mine. He literally crawls across the room to attack my mouth if I’m eating. This video was taken about a month or 2 ago when he was a bit wobbly. Now he is grabbing my mouth to get the food!
Oooookay. Generally I think we're all way too concerned with how other people raise their children. I have been on some mommy forums, and let me tell you, shit goes down in there. Everyone is super-defensive, because if someone else is raising their kid differently, maybe that means you're doing it wrong, and therefore you are a terrible parent and you've fucked up your kid for life, well done. So instead of just letting people do their own thing, you start internet-screaming about how co-sleeping is basically incest. This is a fantastic use of free time, which parents of young children notoriously have in spades.
So really, as long as you're not abusing your child in some way or skipping vaccinations — because the arguments for that movement are straight-up wrong and I'd rather not see an outbreak of rubella, thanks — I say live and let live. I have better things to worry about, like planning my wedding to Josh Hutcherson. And, in this specific case, there are cultures where pre-chewing is more common; supposedly our ancestors did it all the time. It makes some sense: if your child is no longer breastfeeding but isn't quite ready to handle solids, and you don't have an ample source of Gerber's around, you do what you have to do. I get that.
But my main concern here is: oh my God Alicia Silverstone why do you want to come in contact with your baby's mouth? Forget worrying about the kid getting sick; he'll get sick no matter what. Ask a teacher — that's what children do. Are you trying to come down with some hellacious cold? Or twenty of them? Yes, the whole pre-chewing thing seems gross to a lot of us, but what about Alicia? Won't someone please think of Alicia?