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Serena Williams: “Stay-at-home mothers or working-mothers, finding that balance with kids is a true art. You are the true heroes…”–Serena Williams

Serena Williams: “Stay-at-home mothers or working-mothers, finding that balance with kids is a true art. You are the true heroes…”–Serena Williams New York[RR]USA–Serena Williams said-“Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a […]

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Serena Williams: “Stay-at-home mothers or working-mothers, finding that balance with kids is a true art. You are the true heroes…”–Serena Williams

New York[RR]USA–Serena Williams said-“Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom.

“I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to 3 years if not dealt with. I like communication best. Talking things through with my mom, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are totally normal. It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby.

“We have all been there. I work a lot, I train, and I’m trying to be the best athlete I can be.

“However, that means although I have been with her every day of her life, I’m not around as much as I would like to be. Most of you moms deal with the same thing. Whether stay-at-home or working, finding that balance with kids is a true art. You are the true heroes.

Finally she added: “I’m here to say: if you are having a rough day or week–it’s ok–I am, too!!! There’s always tomm!”, she added.

According to Katie Kindelan, Good Morning America, GMA, in a piece captioned: “Serena Williams gets real about ‘postpartum emotions,’ struggle between work and motherhood”, wrote in part “Serena Williams has shared a candid message for other moms as she describes her own private struggles with motherhood and finding a work-life balance. Williams, 36, wrote an emotional post on Instagram about feeling like she “was not a good mom.” “It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby,” Williams wrote. “We have all been there. I work a lot, I train, and I’m trying to be the best athlete I can be.”

“Williams continued, “However, that means although I have been with her every day of her life, I’m not around as much as I would like to be. Most of you moms deal with the same thing. Whether stay-at-home or working, finding that balance with kids is a true art. You are the true heroes.”

The 23-time Grand Slam champion and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, welcomed their daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., last September. Williams reached the finals of Wimbledon in July, her first Grand Slam tournament since giving birth. She dedicated her impressive comeback at Wimbledon to “all moms, working and stay-at-home.”

Williams described to Essence magazine in an interview published Monday how she would rush home from her matches to see Olympia.

“Well, every moment…every morning when she first sees me, she squeals,” Williams said. “Everyday, I’d come home from one of my matches and Wimbledon, and she’d just squeal each time she’d see me. I’d try my best to rush home, and I’d miss her still. It’s like nothing I’ve ever heard before—the best thing I’ve ever heard.”

“More recently, Williams suffered a 6-1, 6-0 lopsided loss in her opening match at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. She then withdrew from this week’s Rogers Cup in Montreal, citing personal reasons. On Instagram, Williams revealed her struggles with “postpartum emotions” and described being in a “funk.”

“Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom,” she wrote. “I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to 3 years if not dealt with.”

“Williams continued, “I like communication best. Talking things through with my mom, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are totally normal.” Williams’ message to other moms was clear: “I’m here to say: if you are having a rough day or week–it’s ok–I am, too!!! There’s always tomm!” Experts say Williams’ openness about her struggles with balancing motherhood and her career can be therapeutic for both her and other moms.

“Serena Williams is describing intense ambivalence, which is very common for mothers,” Dr. Gail Saltz, a New York City-based psychiatrist, told “GMA.” “The feeling that they’re neither being successful at work, or successful enough at mothering.”

She added, “Instaggramming like this could definitely be therapeutic if the community steps up and says, ‘Me too. I get it and we support you.'”

Williams’ Instagram post has nearly 380,000 likes and dozens of supportive comments.

“It’s definitely hard, but doing what you love makes you a better, happier, more relaxed mom,” wrote one person.

“These posts that affirm the mommy struggle really do help… Just thought to say this …. Please don’t ever think that they count for nothing… They make a huge difference….,” wrote another.

The candid comments from Williams — who has also been public about her life-threatening delivery complications — came just after another famous working mom, Beyonce, also spoke candidly about her postpartum experience. Beyonce, also 36, wrote in Vogue about how she is embracing “self-care” after an emergency C-section to deliver her twins.

“During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier. I accepted what my body wanted to be,” she wrote. “After six months, I started preparing for Coachella. I became vegan temporarily, gave up coffee, alcohol, and all fruit drinks. But I was patient with myself and enjoyed my fuller curves. My kids and husband did, too.”

The superstar added, “To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts, and thighs are fuller. I have a little mommy pouch, and I’m in no rush to get rid of it. I think it’s real.”

Beneath are reactions from fans and stay-at-home mothers and/or working mothers:

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  • schnoozer_doodleHere’s the thing: a good mom does not mean you have to be with them every waking moment of the day. In fact, it’s better if you’re not. Builds socialization, independence and confidence.
  • diamondbosschic2@serenawilliams I can relate…yes it’s hard, confusing and frustrating but we find a balance through it all. And your not alone sister.
  • chrisephpropertiesI just love you and I so much love you as a mother !!!
  • larannoIf you don’t HAVE TO work because otherwise you child will be hungry or homeless, then you CAN be around as much as you want… It is a matter of priorities then.
  • __oh_hey_girl__Thank you! So true! I very often feel very exhausted after work, time with my kid and housework that i only want to sleep. There is very less time for myself. Good to know that i am not alone :)
  • sun_kissedcurlssThank you for sharing this! :)
  • a_marquessa❤️✨
  • eyejayhil13@heylinzp ♥️♥️
  • stefrigaMarried for 19 years, stay-at-home mom of 3 girls and 2 dogs for the past 9 years…the mom guilt thing is real!! Stay true to yourself and don’t let people’s opinions get you down. Your are an awesome person! Thanks for sharing!!
  • olutayo.aroGo and rest, at least for a while!
  • kenzy229Thank u @serenawilliams for this post. My baby is one and I’m still struggling to find a balance with being a first time mom, a student and working full time
  • abitmoremeIf you want it all. You have to deal with it all ALL the time and that is tough. I learnt the hard way that nothing will ever be “perfect” again. Once you have a child you change and it all takes time xxx
  • iamanatsaYou got this ❤️
  • irenep9505Awww sending love & yes mum guilt is shit sometimes. We just need to remember we are doing a good job xx
  • lillottie1Hi Serena. I’m a 67 year old mother of 2 beautiful girls and 1 granddaughter. During my young working motherhood days, I was told often that it was not the quantity of time you spent with your children but the quality of time. I took that advice and today, they each have there own lives, but there is hardly a day that passes that I’m with one or the other. That time that you have to spend with your daughter, make it memorable.
  • paucpujolThank you Serena! For me too , the most difficult part of being a mom is that balance!
  • sarahstravels1Hags from me to you
  • mayraeglezIt’s not easy, you have to be mentally strong, get strong and ask God to help you every day .. You have the blessing of being a mother and it’s never too late to start over again come on you can do it
  • carmenbolivar796Mi admiración y respeto, animo!!!! Todo es pasajero
  • juliagracefisher@pearman12345 she really is the best.

Credit: Serena Williams, Katie Kindelan, Good Morning America, GMA

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