Serena Williams Reveals Parenting Tips Anyone Can Use

Serena Williams gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on September 1, 2017. The little miracle, named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., started turning heads the moment she was born. Now 2 years old, Alexis has been making waves in her parent’s lives since she popped out of the womb. After all, parenting is no joke!

The affluent couple is definitely doing their best to give their baby girl the best life ever.

Despite being a first-time mother, Williams is without a doubt nailing this parenting thing. So much so that she already has some fantastic advice for her mothers-in-arms. 

1. Embrace your child’s wild side

Serena Williams
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Little Alexis, or Olympia as Williams likes to call her, is a wild child. The tennis-pro says an integral part of parenting is really embracing your child’s wild side. Instead of trying to curb their enthusiasm, let them be themselves! To her, being wild is akin to being curious.

It is all about self-discovery, self-expression, and really cultivating a sense of self-love that will hopefully continue into their later years.

2. Help channel their boldness

The next tip is about working with your child to help them channel their boldness. It’s beautiful that your child can laugh and play, but how can you channel all that energy into something productive?

For Williams, her parents got her started in tennis at a young age and it really stuck with her. Williams founds herself not just in love with tennis, but at home on the court.

For Olympia, Williams says it doesn’t need to be tennis — it could be anything. She did share an adorable picture on Instagram, calling Simone Biles to teach her little princess some tricks. Maybe gymnastics will be her calling!

Ultimately, tip number two is all about providing your child space and opportunity to discover who they are and what they want to be.

3. Create a fun routine

Having a routine is the key to not going crazy when you’re raising children. It helps keep everything in check and helps introduce your wild child to a little bit of structure! This is something they’ll definitely need to adjust to later on in life.

Williams and Olympia start the day with a little lesson, think teaching essential words, and after that, it’s on to wild time! This is all about playing, running, jumping, dancing, and unleashing all that childlike energy in a safe environment.

4. Find a supportive community

Being a parent is hard. That’s why it’s great to have a community to be there in times of need. Plus being able to share experiences as a mom is a great feeling.

“When I missed Olympia’s walking, I posted about it and so many parents wrote in and said, ‘Don’t worry about it, I missed it too.’ I didn’t realise that it’s almost more normal to miss it than it is to make it. So I really kind of rely on everyone’s help out there. It’s been so, so amazing.” – Serena Williams 

To create community, Williams created the hashtag #ThisMama on Instagram. If you check it out you will see not just post by Williams, but other moms sharing tidbits about their day to day lives. This is an excellent way for moms to talk and share their feelings.

How is motherhood going for Serena Williams?

Motherhood is like a double-edged sword! On one end, Williams has been glowing ever since becoming a mom. On the other hand, she also deals with insecurities. 

As a new mother, this isn’t strange. She can read all the books in the world and get advice from more seasoned parents, but at the end of the day, those things may not be right for her and Olympia. 

“I always have these insecurities that I’m not good enough as a mom. We all go through these different emotions that we all don’t feel comfortable talking about. But I think we should.” – Serena Williams

Williams is still very active in her career, so finding the perfect balance of work/life is a bit difficult. Thankfully her hubby and women around the world are standing by her side in solidarity.

Having this support has gone a long way in making her feel like she’s already a great mom; one on the path to becoming the best mom ever.