Leah Remini's kid won't give up the bottle
By M&C People Apr 27, 2008, 1:53 GMT
Leah Remini - Pasadena,CA © Glenn Harris / Photorazzi
Leah Remini has a nearly four-year old daughter who is still sucking on the bottle, day and night, and isn't potty-trained to boot.
The New York Daily News did a feature piece on Remini and her defiant "don't judge me" stance she is presenting with regards to rearing her kid.
Remini is a guest on TV show, "Rachael Ray," and their cameras caught the very plump 3-1/2+ year-old daughter sucking down her bottle. "Day, night, in the bedroom and in the living room," the episode is meant to try to help Leah get a clue.
"I have no problem being judged," Remini told the Daily News. "What I do mind is imperfect people acting indignant about a situation in which they, too, have maybe failed. She also tells Rachael that she is tired of changing diapers day and night.
"They might have their kid off the bottle, but that kid still may be walking around with a pacifier in their mouth, which according to pediatricians is equally as bad."
Remini's game for this kind of intrusive reality TV treatment, according to the Daily News, she appeared on "two episodes of the VH1 series 'Inside Out,' once in 2003 to document her marriage to (husband) Pagan and a second time in 2004 to document the birth of her daughter, Sofia Bella."
Remini cited the fact she couldn't bear to hear her daughter wail when she took the bottle away from her.
"But if she was going to hurt herself, I would stop her even if it meant tears. I didn't see her being on the bottle as a matter of life or death, but now I do see that it is actually damaging her. And for that, I was willing to let the information in."
Remini feels her experience will speak to others out there who don't know how to raise kids either.
"The general public can relate to my ability to be honest about where I might not be that great [as a parent]," said Remini. "I have always loved the connection that I have with the people who get me. I also pride myself on telling the truth, and if I helped another person with this issue, then I did well.