Pregnant Serena Williams Shares Advice Her Mom Gave Her About Being a Parent
By Liz Calvario
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Serena Williams is so grateful for everything that her parents have taught her.
The 35-year-old tennis champ participated in a keynote discussion with SheKnows President Samantha Skey during the #BlogHer17 conference on Friday and shared the advice and lessons that she's learned from her mother and father about being a parent.
Williams is expecting her first child with her fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, later this year and now more than ever is looking to her mother, Oracene Price, for guidance.
"My mom has always been so strong for me and she's been the woman that has just literally been unbreakable and someone that I always look up to -- and all my sisters looked up to," Williams said. "So in the midst of having a child, it's like all of the sudden you start thinking about the lessons your parents taught you, especially my mom. And you start thinking about, 'Wow, what do I want to raise my kid as?' And when you're young and you're growing up you think your parents may be strict. Then you realize when you're older and you're like, could they have been a little stricter? Or should I have done this more?"
The athlete added that now that she is starting her own family, it has opened her mind up to what she wants for her kids.
"It's like this is what I want my son or daughter to look like and this is what I want my son or daughter to do," Williams shared. "And so I feel like all those lessons that she taught me about being so strong, of being proud of who I am, of being able to look anyone in the face and have confidence and speak with so much confidence is something that I really have been able to embrace and would love to teach my kid that."
From her father, Richard Williams, the mommy-to-be said that he taught her the value of "discipline."
"I feel like my dad was able give me so much discipline and structure in my life that it’s something I never really thought about until a couple days ago, really," Williams added. "I just love that I'm still appreciating all the things my parents have given me."