There are lots of people who genuinely believe that the best thing that has ever happened to them was having a child, but I am also under the impression that there are many who have had children without planning to, or with some misgivings, who have to convince themselves that the best thing ever was to have kids. Why is it so imperative that having children be viewed as the greatest experience ever? Many women dare to admit that raising children was unexpectedly hard, traumatic or difficult and that it required them to make many personal sacrifices. While conducting my research, I was surprised to discover just how many women stated that they wished someone had forewarned them about what being a mother would imply.
Interview with Lina Meruane in http://yorokobu.es/el-instinto-materno-no-es-asunto-de-mujeres/. By Jaled Abdelrahim.