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Serena Williams just opened up about feeling like "not a good mum" and we've all been there

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From time to time, it's inevitable working mums will have experienced 'mum guilt'.

The never-ending cycle of feeling guilty for thinking of your kids when at work and thinking of work when with your kids. Feeling like you're burning the candle with both ends, but also feeling like you're not doing enough. 

One mum who knows this all too well is tennis sensation Serena Williams, who addressed her parenting struggles in a lengthy Instagram caption. 

The 36-year-old, who gave birth to daughter Alexis Jr last September, wrote on Instagram: ‘Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom.

‘I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to 3 years if not dealt with. I like communication best. Talking things through with my mom, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are totally normal. ‘It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby. We have all been there. I work a lot, I train, and I’m trying to be the best athlete I can be.’

Serena continued: ‘However, that means although I have been with her every day of her life, I’m not around as much as I would like to be. Most of you moms deal with the same thing. Whether stay-at-home or working, finding that balance with kids is a true art. You are the true heroes. ‘I’m here to say: if you are having a rough day or week–it’s ok–I am, too!!! There’s always tomm!’

 

 

Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom. I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to 3 years if not dealt with. I like communication best. Talking things through with my mom, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are totally normal. It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby. We have all been there. I work a lot, I train, and I’m trying to be the best athlete I can be. However, that means although I have been with her every day of her life, I’m not around as much as I would like to be. Most of you moms deal with the same thing. Whether stay-at-home or working, finding that balance with kids is a true art. You are the true heroes. I’m here to say: if you are having a rough day or week--it’s ok--I am, too!!! There’s always tomm!

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Her candid caption was met with floods of praise from fellow mums, who called her 'inspiring and 'bad ass'.

One user commented, 'This is one of the reasons why you rock! Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re an amazing athlete but I bet you’re more than an amazing mom! Work/life balance is hard. I have 6 and 10 year old and I teach. I’m still trying to figure out that work-life balance. Just keep being you!'

Kudos to Serena for being honest about her parenting journey.

 

If you are struggling to cope, please call The Samaritans helpline (0845 790 9090) who always want to listen. 

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