Ten voices from the real world of parenthood and childhood — because reality, as we all know, is far more complex and rich than anything on a greeting card.

“What we need right now is more women who are full of themselves,” writes Glennon Doyle in her book Untamed. One thing that can hold them back: Unhelpful and unhealthy beliefs about being a mom.

Thoughts like these are completely normal, but many new moms feel ashamed of having them. Here’s how to let go of self-judgment and too-high expectations, from reproductive psychiatrists Alexandra Sacks and Catherine Birndorf.

Sociologist Jill Suitor studies the truth about moms and their kids — and the surprising effect that parental favoritism can have on us.

TED Prize winner Sarah Parcak has learned some key lessons about parenthood from her work as an archaeologist. At the same time, becoming a parent has given her new insights into what her work means.