Khloé Kardashian Says Motherhood Changed Her — ‘I Definitely Have More Empathy’

Khloé Kardashian is used to being in the spotlight, but her world has changed dramatically while raising a daughter in the public’s eye. Intensely motivated to be a positive role model for True Thompson, Khloé balances her lofty business ambitions with the fundamentals of raising a 3-year-old — saving just enough energy to chide anyone saying the wrong thing about True on social media. No matter what business opportunities are out there, True and the rest of her family always come first for one of the biggest social media influencers on the planet. Keep reading to learn more about how motherhood has changed Khloé Kardashian.

Khloé Kardashian recently opened up about how motherhood has changed her

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Even though she admits the media attention occasionally gets to her, the 37-year-old businesswoman and model has learned to keep a distance and limit her exposure to retain some privacy with her daughter. This was a huge change for someone who became a star in her mid-20s on Keeping Up With the Kardashians and has been closely followed by tens of millions of fans for more than a decade.

While she used to be an open book on her Instagram and elsewhere, Kardashian has come to recognize now that you can’t counter every criticism found online. Unless that criticism is about her daughter or about parenting in general, which is the type of critique that still might draw a fiery rebuke from the one known as the most publicly outspoken of the Kardashians.

Along with her social media habits, Khloé Kardashian recently opened up with Cosmopolitan about other ways that motherhood has changed her. “I definitely have more empathy,” she explained. “And the motivation that having a child gives you … You want them to be proud of you so badly. That’s not just work, but my manners and how I treat people. You just carry yourself in a different way, or I try to.”

Kardashian prioritizes time with True

That motivation begins for Khloé when her alarm goes off around 4:30 a.m., a discipline that allows her some personal time at the gym before she heads into toddler world. Morning time with True is an essential part of her day, and when she doesn’t get enough mother-daughter time during the week, Khloé likes to clear out entire weekends to make sure they catch up.

That’s not always easy to do for someone still in the process of building out an international clothing business. Khloé’s Good American brand, which she started with CEO Emma Grede, set sales records soon after it launched in 2016, though Khloé still feels it’s in an early phase of a much larger global rollout.

Not long after she got Good American off the ground was when she had True with her then-boyfriend Tristan Thompson, who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers when True was born.

Even with the busy lifestyle of an internationally famous influencer and business owner, Kardashian still prefers to do as much of the everyday parenting as possible — including driving True to gymnastics and setting up her schedule. Such time commitments are likely only possible because of that 4:30 alarm clock and keeping her social media time under an hour a day, which allow Khloé to remain laser-focused on True and her clothing brand.

Kardashian learned an important lesson from her mother, Kris Jenner

Unsurprisingly, much of Khloé’s motivation in motherhood comes from her own mother, Kris Jenner.

“I don’t know how she does it all. I’ve always loved and respected my mom, but once you become a mom yourself, you get this different understanding of what it takes to raise a human,” Kardashian told Cosmopolitan. “And for her to be a mom of six and a manager to every one of us … I don’t know if she’s crazy or a genius. I’ve learned so much from her and she’s always there for us.”

Kardashian has shared that she is happy to have inherited her mother’s ability to find structure in her life through rigorous scheduling, which keeps her sane despite the intense media attention always around the corner.

That type of detailed plan from day to day is a savior for Khloé, who admitted her world would probably be in chaos without it. Having her time accounted for limits the stress and helps her avoid the types of surprises she loathes. And even though raising a 3-year-old comes with its own built-in surprises nobody can account for, the surprises she gets from True tend to be the good kind — like her expanding vocabulary and growing imagination.

For someone used to the limelight, Khloé even ends up sounding like the typical mother just happy to see a young child embarking on a journey of her own.

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