A MUM-OF-SIX has revealed how she saves time by bathing her brood just three times a week and letting them “feast with their hands”.
Aussie mum blogger Constance Hall has revealed how since having a larger family, she’s had to cut a few corners.
Constance revealed her top tips for surviving parentingCredit: @mrsconstancehall/ Instagram
Sharing her secrets on “how she survives” to Mamamia, Perth-based Constance explained “dishes are the worst part” of dinner.
“Feast with your hands… I often put [out] a huge pile of vegetables along with another plate of sliced meat or whatever you’re making,” she explained.
She also advised picnic dinners for a cheaper option that “gets it done” and out of the way.
Constance also revealed she doesn’t bathe the kids every day, explaining skipping a bath “won’t kill them”.
The mum said she often lets the kids eat with their handsCredit: @mrsconstancehall/ Instagram
“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’,” she added.
And when it comes to clothes – and washing for six kids – Constance explained she was once offered a piece of genius advice.
She told fellow mums to buy a set of coloured buckets before labelling them for each child, and “chucking” each kid’s clothes in the bucket.
She explained if the kids want stuff folding, they know which bucket to go to and can do it themselves.
She also advised bathing just three times a weekCredit: @mrsconstancehall/ Instagram
Constance also said every parent needs a “check-out time” – hers is 7.30pm.
After this time, Constance says anything they need is up to them to do.
“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.
Sharing the post on 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.
“It’s about f***ing off the shit that doesn’t matter to leave time for the stuff that does.”
Constance says she checks out at 7.30pmCredit: @mrsconstancehall/ Instagram
Last month, Constance shared a throwback snap of her huge pregnancy belly before she gave birth to her twins.
The mum admitted she was “depressed” and “struggling to survive” shortly before the arrival of five-year-old daughters Rumi and Snow in 2015.
“So many people thought [this picture] was a beautiful memory, of course it was. To the outside world,” she said.
“Inside I was dying. I couldn’t change positions without panting for 5 minutes.
“My depression was through the roof, I cried every day, my two other kids missed their free spirited mum, I couldn’t even get up to answer the door, you can see my swollen lips and fingers but I purposely shadowed my swollen nose and eyes that I could barely open due to fluids in my face.”
Constance posted a throwback of her pregnancy bellyCredit: Constance Hall/Facebook
The mum revealed she was fuming when midwives kicked her husband Denim out during the birth of their one-year-oldCredit: @mrsconstancehall/ Instagram
It comes as the mum-of-five previously revealed how she was left fuming after revealing midwives kicked her husband Denim out during the birth of their one-year-old son Raja because “the presence of men was disruptive”.
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