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Moms Come Together for Serena Williams. How's Your Mom Guilt? Tell Us to Win a $25 Gift Card

Moms Come Together for Serena Williams. How's Your Mom Guilt? Tell Us to Win a $25 Gift Card

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.

It seems that all moms have some guilt about something they did or didn't do. What's yours and how do you deal with it? Tell us below and you'll be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card. 

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.

Do you have mom guilt? (What mom doesn't?!?) Comment below with your story - and you'll be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

Don't forget to share any lessons you've learned that can help others feel better about their experiences in parenting.

 

*One lucky commenter will be chosen at random to receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Giveaway is open through July 29th, 2018 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.

Update: Thanks to all who entered! Congrats to our winner, SheSpeaks member Modelc96.

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  • wendyk65 By wendyk65
    07.13.18  

    I felt guilt when my kids were little because they had health problems and had lots of doctors and therapists that they did not get to do normal baby things and I missed out too.

  • jerylt By jerylt
    07.13.18  

    When my daughter was little and she was playing Barbies and the momy doll was always on the computer/

  • takgirl14 By takgirl14
    07.13.18  

    I?m a stay-at-home mom and still get mom guilt about not having enough time to devote to playing with and teaching my daughter. It seems like there?s always so much to do around the house and so many errands to run that there?s hardly any time to just relax and play with her!

  • lesacap1262 By lesacap1262
    07.13.18  

    Over the years I've felt guilty for many things, missing first words, not going to the doctor quick enough, missing games or performances, the list goes on, I think it's part of the life of a mom!

  • mzfivetwoooh By mzfivetwoooh
    07.13.18  

    Not a mom at the moment but I would always want to spend time with my child and be there for them.

  • stef42678 By stef42678
    07.13.18  

    My guilt forms because I love working and I love my job, but it means I have less time with my kids. I feel guilty I'm not home with them during the day, but I know my career is important too.

  • ElishaAnnB By ElishaAnnB
    07.13.18  

    Have a better father for my oldest daughter. He has never been in her life I am to blame as I am the one who was with him. I am blessed tho bc my now husband is the perfect dad and has been for the last 7 years.

  • gbongiovi By gbongiovi
    07.13.18  

    Thank goodness I'll never be a mother

  • cherylfahling By cherylfahling
    07.13.18  

    I felt the dreaded "mom guilt" when I had to travel without them.

  • couponsareme By couponsareme
    07.13.18  

    When the relationship changes

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