Hoda Kotb, the co-anchor of the “Today” show, has shared that she sometimes experiences anxiety when she thinks about getting older while raising her two young daughters. However, she tries not to focus too much on the numbers and instead chooses to look at her mother, who is 86 years old, and think positively about the 30-year age gap between them.
She hopes to witness her daughters’ milestones and believes it would be “spectacular” to add 30 years to their current ages and see what the future holds for them. Kotb recently had a health scare with her daughter Hope but remains optimistic and views the age gap as an opportunity to witness something special. She hopes to see her daughters get married or have children someday.
Hoda Kotb, 58, wonders whether she’ll see daughters get married
Kotb’s father passed away from a heart attack when he was in his mid-50s, so she wrote her mother’s age minus her own age on the steamy shower glass to remind herself that every year is precious. She remains close to her mother and hopes to spend as much time as possible with her.
Bethenny Frankel, the host of the “Just B” podcast, also shared her anxieties about raising her daughter Bryn at an older age. She enjoys watching her daughter grow and connect with the world, but sometimes feels anxious about the future. Despite her worries, Frankel remains optimistic and appreciates the special bond she shares with her daughter.
Hoda Kotb admitted she “sometimes” has anxiety thinking about her older age as she raises her two young girls.
But the “Today” show co-anchor, 58, who shares adopted daughters Haley Joy and Hope Catherine with ex Joel Schiffman, tries not to get too caught up “in the math.”
“I look at my mom, who’s 86, and I think to myself, ‘OK, what’s the difference here between me and her? Thirty [years]. OK, that’s kind of good, so let’s see, 30 years,’” Kotb told Bethenny Frankel on her “Just B” podcast.
“So I add 30 to Haley and I add 30 to Hope. And I think to myself, won’t that be spectacular? I can do that.”
The morning show host, who recently endured a health scare with her daughter Hope, said she doesn’t view the age gap in a negative way, instead choosing to focus on how “special” it would be if she did get to witness her daughters’ milestones.
“Wouldn’t that be amazing? Do I get to see them get married? Maybe,” she added.
”That would be really good. Or do I get to see them have a child? Maybe. That would be really good.”
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Kotb’s father passed when he was in his mid-50s from a heart attack, so the broadcast journalist said she one day wrote her mother’s age minus her age on the glass in the steamy shower.
“And I looked at the number and I was like [claps hands],” she said. “What if you get that many years? That’s more than I got with my dad.”
Frankel, 52, also revealed that she has anxiety thinking about raising her daughter Bryn, 13, as an older mother.
“I watch her make the connection and then I watch her get distracted because it’s anxiety for her,” the “RHONY” alum said.
“We’re very close. It just keeps getting better, it’s so beautiful.”