Alex Nation is hitting back at haters who have criticised her parenting skills.
Nation, who won the heart of Richie Strahan on the third season of The Bachelor, has taken to Instagram to fight back at haters who say she neglected her six-year-old son Elijah.
"'Good night Mumma, you're the best mum ever'. This is what Elijah says to me almost every night before he goes to sleep," she wrote.
"Being a parent is tough. Sometimes it's pure exhaustion and sometimes it's pure elation. I'm not sure that there is an in-between, I'm personally yet to find it," the mother-of-one continued.
"As mothers/parents, we can often be too hard on ourselves. We put this unrealistic expectation of ourselves to be the "perfect parent". Truthfully, there is no such thing. We are human, we make mistakes. But mistakes should be embraced because that is how we grow. We learn from our mistakes and keep on keepin' on.
"It's no secret that I have been widely criticised for how I parent my son. People going as far as saying that I've neglected him and even further, saying he's better off without me," she revealed.
"It's interesting isn't it, how people can feel so entitled to press such an opinion on to others- without even knowing the person personally. What has happened to the act of encouragement and finding happiness in seeing happiness in others? That's the feel good shit."
Nation finishes her post by explaining her reasoning for it, and encouraging other parents.
"I guess my reason for this post is I want to extend my love and encouragement to all the awesome mums and dads out there who maybe today might be feeling a little discouraged, she says.
"You are doing a beautiful job. I'm so self aware and I know I am absolutely not the perfect mum, but I give it my all day in and day out and my son is loved abundantly."
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