Serena Williams is still a few months away from welcoming her first child with fiancé Alexis Ohanian, but she already knows what kind of mother she wants to be thanks to her own mom.
The tennis pro, 35, spoke about her mother’s influence on her life during a keynote address at a BlogHer conference in Orlando, Florida, on Friday, Us Weekly reports.
“It’s interesting because my mom has always been so strong for me and she’s been the woman that has just literally been unbreakable, someone that I always looked up to and all my sisters looked up to,” Williams said.
Williams went on to explain that after becoming pregnant, she really started to think about the lessons her parents had taught her over the years.
“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,” Williams said. “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?”
Williams told the audience that her mother, who is a tennis coach, helped her become the woman she is today and that she hopes to teach her child the same confidence.
“I feel like all those lessons [my mom] taught me about being so strong, of 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,” Williams said. “And I would love to teach my kid that.”
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