Kate Middleton Just Got Real About the Stress of Parenting
"Everybody experiences the same struggle."
As a member of the royal family, Kate Middleton isn't exactly the most relatable mom out there, as evidenced by how perfectly stylish and put-together she appeared just hours after giving birth (which, as Keira Knightley pointed out in her essay about motherhood, is a B.S. expectation). And, of course, unlike most women, she has practically unlimited resources, including a live-in nanny. But at the end of the day, she's still dealt with a common struggle that resonates with *a lot* of new moms: The stress and pressure that come with parenting once the fresh "new mom" phase ends and support dwindles.
Recently, while meeting with volunteers at Family Action, a London-based charity that provides emotional and financial support to disadvantaged groups across the U.K., the duchess spoke about her experience raising three kids. "Everybody experiences the same struggle," she said. "You get a lot of support with the baby years ... particularly in the early days up to the age of about 1, but after that there isn't a huge amount-lots of books to read." In other words, while the self-help books abound, there's not always someone to call to provide helpful advice for both the little and big stressors that arise. (Related: Serena Williams Opens Up About Her New-Mom Emotions and Self Doubt)
That challenge sparked Middleton to help the charity launch "FamilyLine," a free helpline that uses a network of volunteers to provide struggling parents and caregivers with a listening ear, or to help answer parenting questions. During the visit, Middleton spoke with young caregivers about the stress of balancing school and caring for their family members, as well as with volunteers involved in the project.
Since becoming a royal, Middleton has made improving mental health resources a central part of her work. In 2016, she starred in a mental health PSA with Princes William and Harry. She's also helped to point out the importance of teaching kids about mental health and the high rate of postpartum depression and the "baby blues." Middleton may or may not be relatable when it comes to #momprobs, but she's definitely helped draw attention to an issue that affects many.