American professional tennis player, Serena Jameka Williams may like to conquer opponents on the court, but when it comes to parenting, the mom-of-1 is teaching her 16-month-old daughter, Olympia, all about kindness.
Serena, who is gracing the cover of Allure’s Body + Mind Issue opens up about how she wants her daughter, Olympia to understand that the “ultimate beauty” comes from within.
“When I tell her she’s beautiful, I want to teach her that she’s beautiful from the inside. Giving is beauty. Being kind and humble is the ultimate beauty.”
While the 23-time Grand Slam Winner wants Olympia to treat those around her well, she also hopes she finds the strength to stand up for herself when she needs to.
She said further:
“I want her to know that being strong is never easy. Not in this world we are living in. Standing up for yourself is not going to be easy, but it’s always eventually respected.”
The 37-year old mom hopes her daughter will grow up with the strength to fight for what she believes in- even when it’s difficult saying:
“Real strength means also fighting for what’s right — even when it’s difficult to do. Those are the people who’ve made a difference in this world, people that stand up for what’s right. If you look at history, those are the people that you really remember. And at the time, oh, my God, it seemed impossible. Standing up for yourself is not going to be easy, but it’s always eventually respected.”
And as it appears, much to her parents delight, little Olympia is already proving how kind-hearted she is.
Recently, during an exhibit match between her mom, Serena Williams and her aunt, Venus Williams, 38, in Abu Dhabi, Olympia got her mom cracked up when she saw the sweet way she cheered both of them up while they played.
Taking to his Instagram page, Serena’s husband, Reddit Co-founder, Alexis Ohanian shared the lovely video from the match.
During a press conference after the match, the proud mom shared how her daughter’s sweet applause for both her and Venus touched her heart.
“That’s a classy baby, you know! She applauds both Mommy and my opponent who happened to be her auntie. That was the highlight, seeing her clap, it was so cute.”