Working moms sympathize with Serena Williams missing baby milestone

Working moms recognized Serena Williams’ heartache over missing her child’s first steps, and responded with sympathy and advice.

When you’re a working parent, you may not be around for all your baby’s firsts. Tennis star Serena Williams knows this disappointment all too well. The 36-year-old with 23 Grand Slam wins is currently in the midst of her professional comeback since her pregnancy.

On Saturday, she revealed on Twitter that as she was training for Wimbledon, she missed the first steps of her 10-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. Missing this milestone in her child’s development made her cry, she said.

Parents sympathize with the work-family struggle of missing baby milestones

Working moms recognized this heartache and responded with sympathy and advice on how to deal with the disappointment. Model and TV personality Christine Teigen advised reframing the idea of a “first” from first ever to first that matters.

Caretakers also said that when they saw baby firsts, they would not tell parents, so they could have that “first” experience.

Others sympathized with the guilt of missing firsts while working.

While others noted that even if you miss one milestone, you’re still part of their journey since you who helped them get to the point where they could walk in the first place.

Monica Torres|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at mtorres@theladders.com.