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When you come from a family of strong women, you've got a built-in support system of motherhood mentors. Just ask Khloé Kardashian.


The 33-year-old welcomed daughter True Thompson on April 12, following her sisters Kourtney, Kim and Kylie into #momlife.

Kardashian is definitely going to be in the driver's seat when it comes to raising True, but she's happy to have her family of fellow moms along for the ride. "Even though I'm not big on taking advice—I don't believe there's only one-way-or-the-highway and we all have to adapt into our own routines—it's so comforting to know that I have sisters whom I can ask about anything that may come up," Kardashian wrote on her subscription-based app. "Just by observing them as moms, I've already learned so much."

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There are some things Kardashian has already taken her sisters' advice on. Like Kourtney and Kim before her (she previously stated she planned to have her placenta made into pills like they did) but there's also been some advice that she's decided not to heed.

Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Back in January, Kardashian said her sister Kourtney (whose been a mom the longest of the sisters) has a lot of thoughts on parenting, not all of which she agrees with. "Kourtney gives a lot of advice. I think it's so sweet but I don't want to do some of that stuff," she said, adding that she doesn't share her sister's opinion on plastic toys (Kourtney's not a fan) and the two were divided over the younger sister wanting a TV in True's nursery. "When you're breastfeeding or whatever, I need a TV… She thinks she's better than I because she doesn't watch TV but I like TV shows," she told Kimmel.

Kourtney has been a mom longer than her sisters, but of course there are a couple of women in the Kardashian fam who have been moms even longer than she has. True's great-grandmother, Mary Jo "M.J." Shannon has more than 60 years of experience as a mom, and her grandmother, Kris Jenner, has raised six kids (and built an empire while doing it). Khloé Kardashian has a lot of respect for how her media mogul mom and her dad, the late Robert Kardashian, brought her up.

"There's absolutely no way I could pick just one parenting technique I've learned from my mom," Kardashian wrote. "She's just so incredible and has taught me so much. But, the one thing I would take from how my dad was with us is unconditional love. It's the entire point of family."

On this, Kardashian is definitely right, and anyone with sisters knows she's right about something else too: We can appreciate their advice without always taking it.

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Motherhood is a practice in learning, growing and loving more than you ever thought possible. Even as a "veteran" mama of four young sons and one newly adopted teenager, Jalyssa Richardson enthusiastically adapts to whatever any given day has in store—a skill she says she's refined through the years.

Here's what just one day in her life looks like:


Jalyssa says she learned to embrace agility throughout her motherhood journey. Here's more from this incredible mama of five boys.

What is the most challenging part of your day as a mom of five?

Time management! I want to meet each of the boys' individual needs—plus show up for myself—but I often feel like someone gets overlooked.

What's the best part of being a mom of five?

The little moments of love. The hugs, the kisses, the cuddles, the smiles... they all serve as little reminders that I am blessed and I'm doing okay.

Are there misconceptions about raising boys?

There are so many misconceptions about raising boys. I think the biggest one is that boys don't have many emotions and they're just so active all the time. My boys display many emotions and they also love to be sweet and cuddly a lot of the time.

What do you think would surprise people the most about being a mom of five?

How much I enjoy it. I never knew I wanted to be a mom until I was pregnant with my first. My desire only grew and the numbers did! I am surprised with every single baby as my capacity to love and nurture grows. It's incredible.

How do you create balance and make time for yourself?

Balance for me looks like intentional planning and scheduling because I never want my boys to feel like they aren't my first priority, but it is extremely difficult. What I try to do is not fit it all into one day. I have work days because motherhood is my first priority. I fit in segments of self-care after the kids' bedtime so I don't grow weary.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned from motherhood?

I have learned that sacrifice is actually beautiful. I was terrified of the selflessness motherhood would require, but I've grown so much through the sacrifice. There is nothing better than living for something bigger than myself.

When did you first feel like a mom? How has your motherhood evolved?

I first felt like a mom when I was pregnant with my first son and I intentionally chose to change my eating habits so my body could be strong and healthy for him. I didn't have to think twice—I just did what I thought would be best for him. That decision being so effortless made me realize I was made for motherhood.

My perspective has changed with each baby as I've realized motherhood doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all. With my first son, I was a by-the-book mama and it was so stressful. With each baby, I have felt more freedom and it has made motherhood so much more beautiful. I have evolved into the mother that they need, I am perfect for these boys.

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