First, she'd put her children to sleep. Only then she put on her heels, her skimpy outfit, and way too much makeup. She didn't want them to see her like that.
I don't often write fiction, but this piece is fictional, my intention is for it to be read as a parable. Of course, I am not a writer, so I am unsure how good it is, but if you're so inclined, read it, try to understand, and feel free to draw parallels to your own real-life situation as you see fit.
... war, als die Amöben das Sprechen lernten.