Most working (and even non-working) parents know the disappointing feeling of missing one of their baby’s milestones. Whether it be their first word or first step, it can be hard to be present for these unpredictable moments. Tennis star and new mom Serena Williams recently joined the working parents’ club when she tweeted about missing 10-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.’s first steps.
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Today reports about Williams’ recent tweet and the large community of moms that came together to send the tennis champion an uplifting message about parenthood and what it means to be a working mom. Williams recently tweeted, “She took her first steps...I was training and missed it. I cried.” Instead of chastising the new mom, others on social media stood up to assure Williams that being a working parent can be complicated - but still very rewarding.
One user who related to Williams tweeted, “I missed a bunch of firsts while I was at work. I hear ya, mama. It’s not easy. But our girls see us out there grinding + living our dreams and that’s got to mean something. Good luck in London - my daughter and I are both rooting for you!” Another user told the story of how she even brought her baby with her to work and still missed that milestone. She tweets, “I took my 1st child all the way to Israel on a trade mission. During a meeting I heard cheering out in the waiting area .... Yup, staff and husband and assorted strangers saw her 1st steps. It all turns out okay. #Workingmomsrock”
And even stay-at-home moms know it’s not always possible to be there for every single new thing your baby does. One mom to twins tweets, “I'm a housewife and was in the next room and I missed it. With both of the twins. Please don't feel bad. Be happy for her and be ready for the running after her.” Hopefully, those loving messages helped to clear some of the mom-guilt Williams was probably feeling after missing her daughter’s first steps.
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