Serena Williams has been a mom for almost a year now — daughter Alexis Olympia turns one on September 1 — and she's starting to realize that no matter how much experience you gain as a parent and no matter how highly you prioritize your children, it's nearly impossible to shake the feeling that you're not doing enough for them. In a heartfelt Instagram post on Monday, the tennis pro opened up about these feelings, reassuring herself and her fellow parents that not only are they not alone in feeling guilty, but also that those feelings are completely normal.
"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," Williams captioned a photo of her standing in front of a sunset over the water. "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."
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She 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. I'm here to say: if you are having a rough day or week — it's ok — I am, too!!! There's always tomm!"
Williams, 36, has been candid about her "mom guilt" many times since welcoming Alexis Olympia with husband Alexis Ohanian last year. Just last month, she shared on Twitter that she'd missed a major milestone while training for Wimbledon. "She took her first steps… I was training and missed it. I cried," Williams wrote at the time. But, as she noted in this week's post, there's always tomorrow, and always another milestone to catch.
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