Mayim Bialik sounded off on mothers who are competitive and asked for women to come together and support each other.
Actress Mayim Bialik opened up about her experience with a mother’s support group, after the birth of her first child, revealing she left the meeting in tears.
Bialik posted a video on her Facebook page and a YouTube channel recall of the stressful experience, and asked her audience why mothers are so competitive.
Bialik said that she went to the meeting, after the birth of her son, Miles, who is now 12, but felt out of place.
“When I was a new mom, 13 years ago, I went to a ‘mom’s group’ at a local shop. I immediately felt out of place,” the “Big Bang Theory” actress recalled. “I used cloth diapers. I made no use of pacifiers and bottles. I had no nice clothes to wear, and not to my baby. I don’t have a manicure. I mean, I barely had time to shower. How was I’m going to have time for a manicure?”
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Bialik recalled the mothers asked the group moderator as to why their child wanted to be held so much and, “how can I have a three week old baby to sleep through the night?”
The actress said mothers were encouraged to boast about their fast work and how their babies were “poop, rolling over, sitting, smiling.”
“Everything was a competition,” Bialik said. “These were not my people. I left in tears. Mothers are so competitive! Why is that? Is it because we are catty and combative by nature? Is it because we are bored and we have nothing better to do?”
The actress came up with a theory to explain what they went through.
“I think the competition is because we are the first generation of women who were disbanded after the revolutionary turmoil of the women’s movement and were the first generation that was constitutionally raised to believe that we can and should do,” Bialik explained.
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The “Flower” star concluded her message by asking women to have more meaningful things to connect about as a society and especially as a mom.”
“Let’s go back to a model of camaraderie that reduces competition, promotes the friendship and empathy, and increases the success of a society built on the principles of woman-to-woman support, which has sustained our species for so long, so well,” Bialik concluded. “We can only do this together.”