A letter from the editor, Bethany Roach

It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.
— Sheryl Sandberg

(Content Guide - TW for mention of mental health)

Dear Reader,

I have always been a pretty outspoken person. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be the first woman POTUS and I remember standing on tall rocks to give speeches to anyone nearby. This quality has followed me into adulthood. It has carried me through life experiences ranging from marrying (and then divorcing a preacher) to becoming an unexpected advocate for postpartum mental health after publicly sharing about my, er, breakdown. I am now known to many of my closest friends as “Frank” after I’ve prefaced many, many statements with, “Allow me to be frank…”

I didn't end up pursuing a path in politics and to presidency. Instead, I became a labor doula and worked with hundreds of parents through the good, the bad, and the ugly hours of parenting. I found that many parents were suffering in silence through the burdens and struggles of life with kids. They thought they were alone in these experiences. We live in a unique time where social media seems to drive disconnection in the village that it takes to raise a child. However, I say we harness its power for good. Let's use it to connect with other parents and bravely share our stories.

Welcome to the very first issue of Candor, a vehicle for the brave truths that parents (and parents-to-be) carry with them every day. Here we will use this platform to stand up and say to other people raising small humans, “You are not alone anymore!” We’re saying no to sweeping things under the rug. We’re saying no to marginalized groups in parenting. We’re saying no to tearing others down. We’re saying no to division. We are speaking with no fear and with complete candor. We are all Frank.

I'm aware that this is not an awards show speech, but my heart is overflowing with gratitude for the contributors, the editorial team, and for you, dear reader. Let’s build this community together.

Xoxo,

Frank