Constance Hall confronts perfect mum at school

We're all guilty of judging a book by it's cover (ahem, looking at anyone/everyone who thought Celeste from Big Little Lies lived a 'perfect' life…).

But one Aussie mum has just learnt that not all may be what it seems when it comes to prim-and-proper-looking parents hanging at the school gate.

Yep, so much so that mother-of-four and self-dubbed "freedom fighter" Constance Hall has taken to Facebook to tell her million-plus followers about the time she approached a mum she envied at the school drop-off.

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Constance has never been afraid of saying it like it is when it comes to parenting truths.

“I don’t know what it was about her; she drove a nice car, held her head high and always had a blow-dry," the mummy blogger, who pens the reality of being a mum on her blog Like A Queen, explains.

"She spoke in a posh accent, wore nice (non-stained) clothes and barely ever spoke to me."

“There I was, with my tits out breast feeding my babies, smelling like dried milk, matted hair, a puffy face from a morning in tears, no shoes . . . It was like she was put on this earth to amplify my insecurities.”

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Frustrated and jealous, Constance approached another mother at the school gate to gossip about the woman.

"But this other mum's advice hit me with a big reality check. 'Talk to the woman not about her'," Constance confesses.

Jolted by this response, Constance was intrigued to spark up a conversation with the woman she had revered and envied for so long. So one day she did – and what she learnt completely shocked her.

"I found out she is an ex-addict and holds AA meetings to help out other addicted women that want sobriety, I found out she struggles with her marriage, her kids and her health just like the rest of us," she writes.

"I found out that she is a million things, snobby not being one of them."

Constance now calls this woman "one of the most inspiring women I know" and also, "one of my best friends".

Inspired by her own encounter, Constance is hoping to spread a positive message to women: "I'd like to remind mums everywhere to talk to the woman not about her".

Preach, Constance. Preach.

*For more about the ins and outs of motherhood, LISTEN as host Claire Isaac quizzes Rhian Allen, the Founder and CEO of The Healthy Mummy, on 'How To Be a Mumpreneur' in the first episode of our ‘How To Be…’ podcast. *