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“Tips welcome”: Jacinda Ardern asks for help for relatable parenting experience

“Tips welcome”: Jacinda Ardern asks for help for relatable parenting experience

Parenting is a challenging task that even New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern struggles with - as showcased in a recent post from the PM.

Ardern took to social media to share the relatable experience of being up multiple times in the night with a child who refuses to sleep.

"In the office kitchen making the strongest tea possible pre my morning media round and wondering how many other parents have a 3 year old that suddenly gets up ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT! Tips welcome," the Prime Minister captioned a selfie shared on her Instagram Stories on Monday morning.

Image: @jacindaardern (Instagram)

Ms Ardern shares three-year-old Neve with her partner, Clarke Gayford.

It isn’t the first time Ms Ardern has shared the realities of parenting either - particularly when it comes to kids and bedtimes.

Neve made an off-camera appearance on one of the Prime Minister’s live Facebook videos last November, interrupting her mum’s update on the country’s Covid response.

“Mummy,” a tiny voice said in the background of the clip.

“You’re meant to be in bed darling,” Ms Ardern said, turning away from the camera to address the little girl.

“It’s bedtime darling, pop back to bed, I’ll come and see you in a second.”

Luckily, Ms Ardern’s mum Laurell Ardern came to the rescue, ushering her granddaughter back to bed.

“Well, that was a bedtime fail wasn’t it?” Ms Ardern joked to the camera.

The most recent antics have generated plenty of responses on social media, with fellow parents and her supporters praising her.

The Prime Minister (openly) asking for toddler parenting tips is my kind of Prime Minister,” one person tweeted.

“There’s something to be said for leadership sharing a human connection, and @jacindaardern does it naturally.”

“No idea but I have a two year old doing the same,” a fellow parent commented.

“Isn’t it Neve’s birthday tomorrow? Probably excitement,” another theorised.

Image: @jacindaardern (Instagram)

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