Volleyball player Kerri Walsh took part in the StrongMoms Empowerment Summit last Tuesday (May 7). The Olympic gold medalist and mom to Scout, 5 weeks, Joey, 3½, and Sundance, 2½ – joined parenting experts, doctors, and mom blogger to discuss the issue of mom-judging and ways to empower moms. The event was created by Similac.
Kerri exclusively shared with Celebrity Baby Scoop her thoughts about the program and family life.
CBS: Tell us about the StrongMoms Empower program by Similac. What’s it all about and how did you get involved?
KW: ”The StrongMoms Empower program is about being more supportive of moms. When Similac called and asked if I wanted to be involved, I jumped at the chance. I want to be part of anything that empowers moms to be more confident.”
CBS: Have you ever dealt with being criticized by other moms for decision you made, either directly or indirectly?
KW: ”Some of the judgment is really out front, some not. I’ve been judged about putting my oldest son in school too early, judged for using formula or about whether I vaccinate my kids. Some of the criticism has made me think twice, which I appreciate, but I also choose which to listen to. If I don’t like it, I take a deep breath and try to not get angry.”
CBS: How, in your opinion, can we, as moms, better support one another?
KW: ”I try to put myself in the other person’s shoes. We’re all doing the best we can. We all have a unique perspective with unique ways of parenting. But, that’s what makes us all special.”
CBS: How is Scout doing? Do you already see any differences in temperament with a baby girl vs. when the boys were babies?
KW: ”Scout is just as mellow as my boys, knock on wood, so I don’t see a lot of differences in that respect. But, I have noticed a change in me. She’s changed our whole family. There is a different energy – we’re all a bit softer.”
CBS: How are Joey and Sundance adjusting to being big brothers to their little sister?
KW: ”I’m really proud of them. We talked so much about our new baby before she was born. Now that she’s here, they keep asking, “Where’s sister?” or saying, “I’m a big brother.” They just love her.”
CBS: How are you feeling? Are you able to fit in workouts with two busy boys and a baby girl?
KW: ”I’m feeling great. I’m exhausted, but still great. My body feels good and I’ve been working out. Sometimes at night I do lunges or squats. But, I’m really ready to let loose soon. In fact, I start training again next week.”
CBS: Does your family feel complete or might there be room for another addition?
KW: ”There is always room for an addition! I’m sad to think about if we don’t have another child. We’d love to have a fourth child after the 2016 Olympics, but I also need to look at the bigger picture. I want to make sure I have enough love and room for my kids and husband.”
CBS: What else is on the horizon for you?
KW: ”I’d like a lot more sleep! And a lot more family time. And, of course, I’ll be getting back in shape. I am going to be on tour this summer so I have a lot of playing to do – and a lot of loving my family to do.”