In “sisterhood,” “brotherhood,” and “neighborhood,” the suffix “-hood” denotes the ‘state of being’ while somewhere along the way adopting the connotation of being in that state together and uplifting one another.
That hasn’t been the case for modern motherhood where many mothers forge ahead alone. Mothers are fed a narrative that asking for and receiving help are signs of weakness, that our problems are too unique for anyone to help, and that the culture of blame and shame among mothers is normal and acceptable.
But, what if we, in this moment, are able to redefine motherhood for ourselves? How can we bring the “-hood” back into motherhood?