A mother of six defends her parenting style and shares how she is just trying to survive motherhood.
Aussie mom, Constance Hall, shares how nobody comes to her for parenting advice. They don't go and ask her the best brands or parenting tips. They usually go to her and think that they must be pretty good parents because "Constance is much worse." Hall is a mother of six children and parenting is very hard. She said that she does have a few parenting tips that she follows in order to survive motherhood. She was interviewed on Mamamia and she explained how the worst part of dinner is dishes and so she tries to avoid dishes at all costs. She said that she encourages her kids to feast with their hands. She will just lay out a big plate of vegetables and meat and everybody just digs in. She also shares how she often does picnic-style dinners.
Hall also admits that she doesn't bathe her children every single. She just doesn't have the time to get six kids bathed on a daily basis and "skipping a bath won't kill them." She continues by saying, "They don’t have to bath or shower every day. They can quite often skip that part of the routine if it’s getting everyone down. I’m like, 'Fine, stinky, go to school and gross everyone out'." Constance also has a quick tip for surviving laundry with a family of eight. She said that each child has their own laundry bucket. She will throw their clean clothes in the bucket. If the kids want them to be folded they know which bucket is theirs.
Hall also said that every single parent needs to have a "check-out" time where they no longer do anything for the children. She said that she "checks-out" at 7:30 at night. After 7:30 if her children need anything they have to do it themselves or wait for the next morning. She said that when her kids come to ask her something she will say, "I’m not your mum; I’m not here. I’m not your slave, I’m just a statue of a woman who an hour ago wiped your bum and is now drinking wine chatting on the phone to her sister," she said.
She defended herself on her Facebook, she added: "I share my big family shortcuts in this article. Call me lazy, call me a slummy mummy, but when you have six kids living under your roof things change, you're kidding yourself if you think that you can give six kids the same life you gave one." Constance said that she sometimes just has to survive parenthood. She has struggled with deep depression and she has found what works for her and her family. She refuses to be shamed or called lazy when she is trying to do the best for her six children.