Every mom knows parenthood is a full-time job. Well, maybe not every mom. Australian model Rachael Finch spends every weekend child-free. Yup. Every. Single. Weekend.
According to Yahoo, Monday through Friday, 2-year-old Violet lives with Finch and her hubby Michael Miziner. Then Friday evening the tot is shipped off to Grandma Irena until Sunday morning.
"Every weekend [Violet] goes to Mish's mum's house, and we get our weekend to ourselves. I think that's incredibly healthy for the relationship," Finch explained. "And on Sunday, when we pick her up, we have 100 percent energy back."
Okay, so I don't even know where to start. As a mom who has spent probably three weekends away from my kids in the past eight years, I cannot relate to Finch at all. Mainly because I don't want to be away from my children on the weekends. The weekdays are so busy with school and work, I feel like Saturday and Sunday is our time as a family. That being said, I honestly don't have the support system to pull off kid-free weekends, even if I wanted to.
But I don't want to judge this mom. It's her life, her kid. And besides, the web has already judged her enough. Here are some sample comments from Finch's critics:
"Maybe she should adopt the child to someone who will love her unconditionally. Not just Monday afternoon to Friday morning. So sad."
"Why did she have a child if she's not going to be a full time parent? The odd night babysitting is great but every weekend, well that's just selfish."
"You can't expect to say something like that and not expect people to be outraged. Kids aren't a part-time deal and should be put first no matter what. What about when they reach school age? Will she never see her children? This sets a really bad example and comes off nothing else but selfish."
Finch took to Instagram to defend her decision to do her thang on the weekends.
Not everyone thinks the model mom is a horrible person. One commenter responded to her post, writing, "I spent every weekend with my grandparents until I was about 13-14 years old; I'm now 40. That time was absolutely wonderful bonding time with my grandparents and I wouldn't trade it for the world."
Another said, "I'm sure your daughter will be better for it."
The bottom line? Everyone has their opinion of the right number of nights or weekends to spend kid-free. The healthiest approach is probably somewhere between mine and Finch's.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.