Many women know how devastating having their parenting skills critiqued can be.
During a segment on “Today,” Hoda Kotb opened up about feeling “horrible” after she was mom-shamed for having children in her ’50s.
“I got a physical letter in the mail, a letter that came to my address, from a woman who wrote: ‘Who do you think you are having kids at that age?'” Hoda said. “I literally read it and I thought, ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe someone put a stamp on it and sent it.'”
She added: “I felt horrible in that moment because there is something that bothers you inside about that. But then I thought, who would take a piece of paper and a pen and write like that and fold it and put it in the envelope with a stamp and go to the trouble of mailing it? It took effort.”
Hoda and Jenna on the sting of being mom-shamed: ‘I felt horrible in that moment’ https://t.co/qf7imGc5Na
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In 2017, Hoda adopted her daughter Hayley Joy. She was 52 at the time. Two years later, she adopted her daughter Hope Catherine. Now 56, Hoda co-parents with fianc? Joel Schiffman
During the segment, co-host Jenna Bush Hager shared her own experiences with being mom-shamed and also came to Hoda’s defense.
“That stranger who took the time to write something so mean, she doesn’t even know what you’re like as a mother,” Jenna said. “She’s never seen you hold those little girls. That infuriates me. And I think why it’s so hard is that as parents we’re already questioning ourselves constantly.”
“Yes, that’s why it hurt,” Hoda responded.
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