Mother-of-three and radio star Chrissie Swan has made a startling confession.
The kind of confession that sets Facebook alight.
In defiance of “parenting experts” and official advice she has revealed that she regularly breaks one of the parenting taboos, and she loves it.
Chrissy Swan makes a parenting confession. Via Facebook.
Writing on her Facebook page Swam, mum to Leo, 10, Kit, 5 and Peggy, 3, has told her fans she regularly co-sleeps with her children.
Swan wrote: “Of all the things in the parenting books that I read and tried to implement, the one thing I'm so glad I eventually ignored was the 'never let your kids sleep with you' rule.”
“They're big enough to go to bed in their own beds but they always, always end up wedged between me and Chris. Especially Peg.”
The radio presenter continued: “Waking up with them next to me and watching them as they sleep in, and feeling their warm little bodies and bony knees in bed at night next to mine is honestly one of my life's greatest joys.”
Chrissie Swan's post has been liked by thousands. Via Facebook.
She then acknowledged the “taboo” surrounding her confession.
“I know it's a personal choice but for me it has just been the loveliest thing. Enriching. If you love it too, don't let experts make you feel bad. They'll stay all night in their own beds eventually... and I for one will miss them.”
“I understand if it’s not for you,” Swan wrote. “Plenty of things aren't for me! But this one is and it has been the loveliest and most unexpected reward of motherhood for me.”
It's officially called co-sleeping but really after a child is out of the SIDS danger zone so it's simply the act of a sneaky little monkey crawling into your bed at night and invading your warmth.
It’s a contentious topic - one of the top three of parenting topics sure to be divisive.
Along with how you feed your baby and how you discipline them, co-sleeping debates are sure to drive the haters out of the woodwork and set the trolls at each other.
And just like that, it is the last night my second son, Kit, will be a 4 year old. Tomorrow he is 5. Five! Unbelievable. He has slept with a 'ruggie' every night of his life and I'm guessing even as a big 5 year old, the ruggie will still be around tomorrow night. And beyond. Happy Birthday Kit. You are just so lovely. X
But something surprising happened when Chrissie Swan posted this. Instead of the haters and the critics the floodgates opened.
Hundreds on mothers confessed to what they previously thought might be something to be ashamed of.
They confessed to something they previously felt was wrong or taboo or unwise. They confessed that they too allowed their little ones to sneak into their beds for a cuddle, that they too knew that feeling of tiny toes and elbows and knees pressed up against them.