Say what else you will about royals, one thing to admire in the Cambridges is their persistent and candid attention to mental health, especially with regards to the emotional difficulties of parenting. When Kate Middleton acknowledged this week that motherhood has been a ‘huge challenge’ for her, I’m sure I wasn’t alone nodding in agreement.
Comments like hers help destigmatize many myths of modern motherhood — that you’ll be blinded by love, forever saturated with happiness. That it’ll be easy. That it’ll be fun. That it’ll even be possible. Or that you want to have a child at all! To assume unequivocal self-assurance or satisfaction is to assume too much of ourselves, and of all women. So thanks, Kate, for helping keep it real.
Motherhood is making the news elsewhere; see below for some favorite Motto stories on various topics this week.
A new study shows that delaying motherhood could have some benefits
Author Jancee Dunn says parents need to have these discussions before their baby arrives
Why one woman is going halfway around the world to escape American politics
The actor opened up about how her and her husband make their relationship work
Nine women in the U.S. have died, federal officials announced this week
A company spokesperson confirmed to Motto that the actor-turned-entrepreneuer had landed a new gig
Beth Fukumoto discussed her decision and some of the criticism she’s faced in an interview with Motto
Dr. Margaret Muldrow discusses the importance of clean water and supplies for women and babies
A spokesperson for the magazine confirmed the couple’s engagement