'I would never do anything to harm my girls' - Rachel Stevens hits back at parenting criticism
The Voice of Ireland judge and former S Club Seven star, Rachel Stevens, has answered the backlash she received for leaving her daughters unattended in her car.
The mother-of-two was heavily criticised last September as she was photographed leaving her two young daughters alone in her car as she ran errands.
Rachel has hit back at the criticism, insisting she would never put her daughters - Amelie (4) and one-year-old Minnie - in danger.
"I found it hard when I was criticised for running out of my car to run an errand while the girls were still in it," she revealed to Essentials magazine.
"Parenting is always going to split judgement and you never have all the answers. I would never do anything to intentionally harm my girls; they are my life.
The 37-year-old added: "Whatever you do as a parent, you will be judged by other people. You can only do your best."
Rachel told the magazine that she worries about being a perfect parent "all the time" but that she's learning to draw the line at self-criticiscm.
The former pop star received a lot of social media backlash but some mothers rushed to her defence, including Amanda Brunker.
"The fact of the matter is nearly all parents are guilty of this at some stage, but it doesn’t make it right," Amanda revealed to the Herald back in September.
"There’s nothing worse than disturbing a sleeping child and frankly, taking kids out of the car for short errands is a pain. It’s frustrating, irritating and most of all time-consuming.
"All parents are time poor, so yes, we sometimes take chances with our precious children because we’re stressed and exhausted. And in the case of Rachel Stevens, I reckon she was suffering with a bad case of baby brain."