Actress Alicia Silverstone has posted a video of her parenting skills that she has apparently learned from a bird.
In the video posted last Friday to her blog, “The Kind Life,” she is seen feeding her 11-month-old son, Bear Blu, put not in the typical human way. Instead, she pre-chews the food herself than transfers the food to Bear much in the way a mother bird would feed her chicks, by mouth.
In a blog written by Silverstone that accompanies the video she tries to explain why she does this.
“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,” she wrote. “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!”
Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University says that the feeding technique is actually called pre mastication, and is not an uncommon practice for some mothers around the world.
Meanwhile, Keith Ayoob, an associate professor of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York says, “That falls into the category of above-and-beyond parenting. The child needs to learn how to chew. The list of reasons for not doing this is miles long.”