The “Today” show shows that moms consider themselves “sisters” in motherhood (exclusive)

Off screen, the ladies of Today are as thick as thieves. This close bond is especially helpful when you need parental support.

This year for Mother’s Day, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Jenna Bush Hager, Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones commemorated the occasion by filming a special segment for the May 10 episode of the NBC morning show. Together, the group spoke about the special bond they share as working mothers.

“We’re moms, we all have young kids. We work together and lean on each other as moms. I mean, there’s not a day that goes by that we don’t exchange parenting advice or vent ” says Guthrie, 52, noting how they are all “sisters.”

Dreyer, 42, chimes in, saying, “We all kind of grew up on this squad of moms who were like, ‘What do we do?’, and none of us really know, but when you lean on your friends, you understand.”

“It’s kind of fun to soak it in for a second,” Kotb, 59, then explains. “I feel like we’re all sprinting, sprinting to death and being exhausted. I think we’re all on this wheel. And all of a sudden now you can take a break , think, understand and talk about motherhood Because sometimes you do.”

(L to R) Sheinelle Jones, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Monday, April 1, 2024.

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Specifically explaining how they “lean on each other,” Jones, 46, says there are even “practical things” that allow them to do that.

“The other day on the show we covered a topic about cell phone use, kids, social media and getting our kids off cell phones,” she recalls. “Well, I’m stuck in the middle of this. Savannah sent me this article. I gave it to Kayin, I’m like, ‘Look at this. Look at this link.'”

Reflecting on the stress of motherhood, Bush Hager, 42, says she knows she “can relax” when she gets to work, where she can be around her gang of Today show moms. Noting that “none of us are perfectionists,” she also acknowledges, “There’s no Pollyanna like, ‘Oh, you didn’t take your kid to school?’ We applaud ourselves when we allow ourselves to have grace When we say, “Oh, wait, I’m exhausted. It’s not like someone says, “Why are you so tired?”

(L to R) Dylan Dreyer, Jenna Bush Hager, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Shenielle Jones.

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Summarizing the dynamic of the group as a whole, Guthrie says that “actually talking to each other, hearing each other and venting” is beneficial to deepening their bond.

“Generations of women have done this. We lean on each other for advice and wisdom, but we also lean on each other to just let off steam, blow off steam. I think that’s this is how we proceed together,” she adds. “It’s actually really nice because I don’t think you’ve always had jobs this big and demanding and every person you work with is a mom and faces the exact same thing. So not only do you not need to hide it or pretend it’s not a challenge, we have this built-in support network.

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Today airs weekdays at 7 a.m. ET on NBC.