"I like to think of it as we're living a future history lesson and that's very rare," she tells PEOPLE

By Tomás Mier
May 01, 2020 03:10 PM
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Serena Williams is loving spending time with her 2-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia as they practice social distancing together as a family.

PEOPLE caught up with the tennis icon about parenting during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and balancing her time at home — and she has some special advice for those parenting and working at the same time.

"S.O.S!" she says with a laugh, with baby Olympia (whom she shares with husband Alexis Ohanian) by her side. "I kinda love being a full-time mom and not having the responsibilities to travel and play but now that I'm training again, it's become a lot."

"I love to spend so much time with her, but it's interesting," adds the 38-year-old athlete. "She's in every single call that I have, every single meeting. I feel like she's getting a little bit of it so she's going to be a really good businesswoman when this is all over."

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Serena Williams with daughter Olympia
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Williams also explained that she continues to keep a tight schedule even as she, Olympia and Ohanian, 37, social distance amid the pandemic.

"The advice I can only give is to really be scheduled on your day," she says. "I have really tight schedules and I make sure to try to do as much as I can on time."

"Also, like, include your kids!" Williams says, adding that they are "the voice of the future," regardless of age. "I like to think of it as we're living a future history lesson and that's very rare."

"My advice to parents is [to] always bring your kids in and let them," she explains. "You never know what they're going to pick up on."

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Williams, who was joined by Steph Curry and Kevin Hart in a press conference Wednesday, is set to be one of the speakers at Chase's "Show Me Your Walk" event celebrating the graduating Class of 2020.

The event hopes to give graduates a virtual space to celebrate their accomplishment, despite the cancellation of many in-person events nationwide.

"I'm really inspired personally about how we are able to reach them in a new creative way so they feel special in this moment in their greatness in their lives," she told reporters. "I really want to give the message that we're really proud to see what they're doing."

Chase's "Show Me Your Walk" event (featuring speeches from Williams, Curry, 32, and Hart, 40) will be stream live on YouTube and Twitter Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.

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