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Sydneysiders are like a pack of teens taking advantage of Glad’s ‘cool mum’ parenting | #parenting | #parenting | #parenting | #kids


Recent scenes around Sydney have had other states wondering whether or not Sydney is actually in lockdown: crowded beach boardwalks, picnics in the park, handstands at the outdoor gym. When the sun is shining, it’s business as usual in this city.

This is probably because, as a pandemic leader, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has been a bit like Amy Poehler’s character in the movie Mean Girls.

Sydneysiders out and about at Bondi on the weekend.Credit:Brook Mitchell

“There are no rules in this house,” Mrs George assures her daughter’s friends when they come over after school. “I’m not a regular mum, I’m a cool mum.”

Similarly, Berejiklian has prided herself on not closing borders or imposing strictly enforced rules every time disaster looms. The vibe being: I’m not a regular premier, I’m a cool premier.

But it’s not just Berejiklian, Health Minister Brad Hazzard has also contributed to the permissive parenting vibe: “Hopefully common sense will prevail,” he said at a press conference when asked about the definition of essential items. Then he made a confusing dad joke about essential oils.

But there is a flaw in this approach because Sydneysiders are like a pack of clueless teenagers. We’ve seen the evidence this past weekend, with everyone inventing their own lockdown rules to live by.

Permissive parenting style: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Brad Hazzard.

Permissive parenting style: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Brad Hazzard.Credit:Kate Geraghty

I had this confirmed when a friend said to me: “You can do anything you like, you just have to have a story.” Meaning, you just invent something that fits the criteria and you can go on living your life as per usual.

Which is probably why a lot of people cite takeaway coffee as essential. The queues on street corners are akin to communist-era Russians lining up for loaves of bread.

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