Mayim Bialik and Her Decision NOT to Let Her Kids Have Smartphones

mayim bialik, parenting, kids and technology, screentime, smartphonesLike a lot of people my age, I grew up watching Mayim Bialik on Blossom. You might be more familiar with her from her award-winning role on The Big Bang Theory. I love that her character portrayals are smart and confident, yet self-conscious and nerdy at the same time.

In between the two TV shows, she studied to become a neuroscientist at UCLA, earning her PhD in 2007. I admire her for this. Even though she already had a career as an accomplished and successful actor, she still took on another challenge in another very competitive field.

Today, in addition to her career, Bialik started publishing her perspective on both acting and parenting (she’s the mother of two young children). I’ve been impressed by her honesty about the pleasures and challenges of raising kids today’s world. Bialik is smart, outspoken, and complex. Her website, Grok Nation, brings together interesting ideas and snappy writing. Though I’ve always been a fan of hers, never more so than today. She’s a great role model, from young girls growing up to professional women.

So, you can imagine my delight and surprise when I heard she had read my new book, Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive and Survive in Their Digital World. She wrote a really lovely and thoughtful reflection about it on Kveller, a parenting website. She talked about why she’s not getting her kids smartphones, and about re-examining her own tech habits. You can read the whole article here.

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