Australian model and presenter Rachael Finch and her husband Michael Miziner spend every weekend away from their two-year-old daughter and say that doing so is ‘healthy for their relationship’.
The couple spends time in the week with their two year old daughter Violet, but she is looked after by Rachel’s mother-in-law from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning, every weekend.
Rachael believes that by having every weekend together, the couple is protecting their marriage. They also they then have a chance to catch up on their energy and are ready for the busy week ahead with their little girl. She told The Sunday Telegraph:
“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% energy back.”
Rachael has hit back at all those who criticised her parenting after the story was published in the paper.
On Instagram she wrote:
“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.
I work hard so that I can provide the best future for the amazing soul we have created. I won’t ever stop believing in her or the strength of the family unit.”
In response, many pointed out that a mother would not be criticised for sending her child to a childminder or nursery during the week. One wrote:
“Some people are happy being part time parents and that’s ok! As long as the child is healthy and happy who are we to judge!”
What do you think? Could you be away from your child every weekend, or is this precious family time?