With Valentine's day on the horizon, let's talk about love. How do we know when it's "real love"? And how does that love change after we have kids? Plus, what this mom wrote to the future person who falls in love with her son is giving us ALL the feels. 😭

XO,
#TeamMotherly

PS: Did you know that giving birth can be harder on your body than running a marathon? And we're applauding this school bus driver for stocking her bus with books.

Having a newborn is challenging at the best of times, but during forced isolation and in a climate of fear and uncertainty, it can become overwhelming.

The coronavirus pandemic is setting up our communities for genuine mental health concerns. This may be especially true for new parents. When will 'normal' life return? How will I pay for diapers and baby food? Will my mom be able to help us now? What if my baby or my family get COVID-19? Unfortunately, no one knows the long-term impact or answers just yet.

Most families have built a network of social support by the time they have their first child—if they don't already have a support system, they develop one through various baby classes and groups set up for parents. The creation of the village can be instrumental to the mental health of new parents. Social distancing, the lockdown of cities, and isolation will inadvertently affect the type of support available.

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