Welcome to our monthly motherhood edit where we share thoughts about the ties that bind us all to mothering, family and the nuances between.
"I have never cheated in my life. I have a daughter and I stand for what is right and I have never cheated." Serena Williams, during a confrontation with the chair umpire at the U.S. Open finals
A mother’s fragmented identity: “My partial selves — writer, runner, mother — have become like islands I travel between and my life is the ocean around them, unknowable.” (The New York Times)
Candidates and voters warm to kids on the trail: “This year, with a record number of women running for office and a surge of energy among female voters, candidates are pushing back on that bias, arguing that motherhood not only doesn’t disqualify them, it makes them more qualified.” (The New York Times)
The transition to motherhood: Alexandra Sacks breaks down the emotional tug-of-war of becoming a new mother — and shares a term that could help describe it: matrescence. (TED Talk)
How well-intentioned white families can perpetuate racism: “I really think—and this might sound kind of crazy—that white parents, and parents in general, need to understand that all children are worthy of their consideration.” (The Atlantic)
When postpartum depression doesn’t go away: “For 38 percent of sufferers, the condition becomes chronic, and mothers who expected it to pass as their children aged can struggle to find effective treatments.” (The Atlantic)
Kids and bullying, the warning signs, effects and prevention: “Lines have been drawn and lists have been made that point to risk factors and indicators of who is more likely to bully or be bullied, but ultimately it can happen to anyone, anywhere, no matter their background.” (Mother)