Carrie Bickmore has spoken out about fellow celebrity mum Rachael Finch's parenting, following backlash from the model's confession that she sends her daughter to the grandparent's house on weekends.
In a new piece for Stellar Magazine, the star opened up about the struggles of parenting in the public eye and revealed the pain caused by "mum bashing."
"Parenting in the age of social media is a risky business," she wrote. "Parenting can be a daunting experience and sharing is a way of coping with the ups and downs of the world’s toughest job. Mums have been sharing stories for centuries, but social media has made parental sharing (sharenting) different.
"Rachael Finch mentioned her daughter spends weekends with her grandma so Rachael and her partner can have some time to themselves each week. She might as well have put her hand in a blender," Carrie wrote. "She was, unsurprisingly, pilloried for being, you guessed it, “selfish”. Perhaps she might spend more time with her daughter during the week than a lot of other mums or wishes to maintain a healthy relationship with her hubby. Regardless of her reasons, the immediate reaction was vicious outrage. In a world where there is so much to be outraged about, where does the energy for this come from?"
"There is nothing wrong with having an opinion. But do we really need the vitriol?" she continued.
Carrie herself has been subject to a lot of criticism for her own parenting skills, for the most ridiculous reasons. With revelations that she let her son walk the short 75m to school, or that they sometimes hop in the same shower, trolls regularly slam The Project host with cruel and unnecessary condemnation.
We're proud of Carrie for speaking out on such an issue, and for throwing support behind Rachael - it would be great if people could all begin to behave in this supportive and respectful way.