Madeleine West is a genius, and I am eternally in her debt.
Not since I discovered the miracle hacks of breast milk (who knew it was good for clearing babies’ conjunctivitis?), have I encountered a parenting hack so brilliant, so easy to employ.
On evenings you know will be followed by hectic, crazy mornings, simply dress your children in their outfits for the next day. Obviously not full school uniforms that crinkle and are uncomfortable in the night – but if their attire for the next day are casual wear, trackies and tees, why ever not?
Surely any parent can see the genius in this. Surely they can comprehend that clean clothes are being put on clean bodies, on clean sheets. Given the amount and ferocity of criticism directed at West though, many do not.
Here’s the thing about the people hiding behind their screens, the ones who have grossly attempted to discredit West’s parenting.
Whether her detractors admit it or not, they have at times done what they could to get by. That’s the nature of parenthood – it will bring you to the edge, and you will do what it takes to come back.
It can look like putting your child in front of the television longer than usual so dinner can be made. In another household, it’s giving your child whatever unhealthy snack it is that they’re screaming for so you can complete the grocery shopping.
For me, it has been that my children have been sent to day care in their pyjamas on several occasions.
We are none of us perfect, and none of us need apologise for it.