Meghan Markle & Sophie Trudeau Get Candid About How Society Has Changed Child-Rearing — For the Worse

“It takes a village to raise a child” has unfortunately become an adage of the past in a society that has become and continues to evolve toward that of isolation and the individual before the whole, and two world leaders are lamenting the effects of this evolution on child-rearing, motherhood, and community.

In her latest episode of Archetypes, Meghan Markle sat down with Sophie Trudeau — activist, mom of three, and wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — to discuss this societal evolution and dissect the feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and depression moms often face in today’s world.

Markle brought up one of the many challenges working mothers struggle with, saying, “So much of the work that I’ve been doing is, you know, to be able to have support for family leave, paid leave in this country and across the world. Can you imagine having a baby and then having to make a choice of ‘Oh, I can stay home with my child — but if I do, then I won’t have a job anymore.’ It doesn’t make any sense!”

She continued, “And then the ripple effect of how many more societal issues we have if we haven’t given the foundational support to a family, and I think [it] doesn’t just come with what the government and the country can provide, but what we, as you say, as a sisterhood, as a community — beyond just sisterhood, beyond just women — what we as people can provide.”

Markle hammered home her point with that old adage that has lost relevance in today’s world, saying, “They used to say ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ — we no longer have villages, really.” She continued, “That sense of community has changed in so many regards, but it doesn’t mean that that energy and that sentiment can’t still be there.”

Trudeau related to Markle’s pining for the bygone community system, saying, “I think the expression is, if I’m not mistaken, Ubuntu: ‘I am because you are and you are because I am,’ right? It resonates, like, in my blood. That’s exactly how the world is: an intricate, interwoven system where everyone and everything is intertwined.”

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