We all know that life as a parent is non-stop and hectic - and even more so if you have a big brood with many children to look after. But how far would you go to save time and make life a little easier?
Australian blogger Constance Hall has revealed she doesn’t make her children wash every day as skipping a bath “won’t kill them”.
The mum-of-six has devised an unconventional way to save time, by letting her children wash only three times a week.
She also cuts corners by letting her kids ‘feast with their hands’.
Free range family
Speaking to MamaMia she penned her survival guide for big families and said: "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”.
"I personally can’t be f***ed bathing everyone every night."
She then went on to justify her decision by citing the American Academy of Dermatology, which says that unless they are sweaty, dirty or suffering a skin condition, children aged between six and 11 don’t need to wash more than once or twice a week.
"I know it makes them look more loveable when they are all clean and smell fresh, but really, skipping a night bath or morning shower a couple of times a week won’t kill them.”
In addition to family’s unique bathing routine, Constance went on to reveal she has a similar approach to the sometime-dreaded concept of meal time.
"If [the children] don’t eat their dinner, don't stress, try something else, keep trying or just let the turd eat his plain pasta and tomato sauce.
"None of my kids ate anything healthy under seven, they all eat well over seven and they are perfectly healthy."
Words by Charlie Duffield.
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