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Inside Rachael Finch's 'unconventional' parenting arrangements with 3-year-old Violet.

Nearly six months after making headlines for saying her daughter spends her weekends with her grandparents, TV personality Rachael Finch has stood by her ‘unconventional’ arrangements.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph‘s BW magazine, 28-year-old Finch confirmed that she and husband Michael Miziner have completely unpredictable work weeks, and for that reason their three-year-old daughter spends a lot of time with her grandparents.

“We definitely don’t have a conventional work week; it’s up and down,” she says.

“Violet is on planes with us everywhere, she does so much stuff with us through our schedule and we have a lot of help from her grandparents. We make it work based on our lifestyle.”

Rachael and Violet. Image: Instagram

After being the subject of widespread scrutiny and criticism earlier this year for similar comments, it appears Finch still feels an unnecessary need to justify her parenting arrangements for those she does not know but whom pass judgement regardless.

“I’ve really learnt to read things, and not read into them,” she says, referencing the the backlash from this year.

“Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion and I understand that.

“We definitely don’t have a nine-to-five (routine). We’ll be at the park or doing weekend stuff mid-week. I think it’s just people are inquisitive about other people’s lives, but I think the only thing that matters is what we know at home, and at the end of the day we know the schedule and exactly how happy and loved Violet is and it doesn’t bother us one little bit.”

Finch makes no secret of the exhausting nature of parenting, already mum-of-one and with another on the way.

"I often find myself napping when she’s asleep because it’s so exhausting; you’re growing this little being, so you kind of just have to do what you’ve got to do.

“I look at women like Rebecca Judd, who has two already and just had twins, and I take my hat off to her and (Judd’s husband, AFL great) Chris.

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In her interview with Sunday Style back in May, Finch says she places great value in her daughter's relationship with her grandmother, and she and her husband often use the weekends to re-charge and reconnect with each other.

“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. And on Sunday, when we pick her up, we have 100 per cent energy back,” she said at the time.

Finch's comments this weekend aren't the first time she has felt the need to defend the love she has for her child and her dedication to her role as a mother, posting on Instagram back in May that no mother should ever feel the way the backlash made her feel.

"A mother should never be made to feel they are not good enough for their child when they are doing everything they can to keep them safe, happy and loved. Only the parents of a child truly know what is best and should always have faith in their decisions.

"I value dearly the relationship Violet has with her Grandmother and I believe this is one of the most important and influential relationships growing up."

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