Ainsley Earhardt Gets Real About Motherhood, Her New Book & the Politics of Raising Girls

If you're looking for a sweet new bedtime story for your little one, look no further. Ainsley Earhardt's debut children's book, Take Heart, My Child: A Mother's Dream, is coming out this month, and its encouraging message of love is one both parents and children will appreciate.




The Fox & Friends cohost became a mom herself just a year ago, welcoming daughter Hayden in November 2015. Believe it or not though, this special story was in the works even before Hayden arrived on the scene.

We got a chance to talk to Ainsley recently about the inspiration behind her book, as well as what it's been like to cover this election cycle as a new mom. It's been quite a ride, to say the least!

When she initially met with Simon & Schuster, Ainsley pitched a children's book about her dog, but the excitement level wasn't very high. The publishers asked her to describe memorable moments from her childhood in a creative meeting, and when she started describing the special way her dad would tell his kids that he loved them, the concept for the book was born.

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When talking about her dad, Ainsley said, "He always left us notes." He left them at the breakfast table, in their lunches, or anywhere they could find them. They were small notes of encouragement, or a scripture verse, or a motivational quote. Ainsley told us that one of her favorites was a quote from Walt Disney, about never being afraid to fail.

The folks at Simon & Schuster didn't know it at the time, but she was pregnant with her little one. Since her faith had always been a big part of her life, she mentioned that she wanted to pass that along to her daughter, to encourage her and bolster her the way her father had for her. She quoted a Bible verse, John 16:33, to the publishers, and the powers that be said, "That's the title for your book."

The verse reads, "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." The entire message of the story is a parent's love will always be there for the child, no matter what joys, obstacles, or tough times may be ahead.

Ainsley said that she recently presented the book to her father, and when he got to the "story behind the story" page, he got chocked up to hear that his little tradition had inspired so much in his daughter.

It's because of that faith that was nurtured by her parents that Ainsley has decided to give a full 10 percent of her proceeds from sales to benefit Folds of Honor, an organization that awards scholarships and assistance to spouses and children of fallen soldiers.

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Her country, her faith, and her daughter are all obviously integral to her as a woman, so we couldn't help but ask Ainsley what it's been like covering the 2016 presidential election. She said that she's proud of Fox News' coverage, and feels like she can relate to more people now that she's a mom. She said it's made her "more mature" and able to really understand more about other people's positions, even if they are different from her own.

When it comes to how she feels about a Trump presidency, Ainsley diplomatically stated, "I think any president will lead this country, and I have faith in this country and the voters to decide who is best."

She continued, "I have been impressed that Trump has continued to improve, and that he's been able to apologize [about the wildly inappropriate comments he made to Billy Bush] ... I would not want someone to say that about my daughter, and I haven't heard anyone defend him." She also said she thinks the country can "appreciate someone who makes a mistake and apologizes."

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When asked if she thought President Trump would be a good role model for her daughter, Ainsley responded, "I will teach my daughter about forgiveness ... and how we hope that they try harder."

Politics aside, Ainsley Earhardt reminds us that we're all just trying to be the best we can for our kids, and raise them to believe in themselves, remember that they are loved, and never lose faith.

Take Heart, My Child hits shelves November 15.

Images via Pasha Belman Photography & Amazon

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