Lailaa Williams, daughter of basketball players Candace Parker and Shelden Williams, celebrated her birthday with family and friends this past weekend. Actors Boris Kodjoe, Jaleel White, and their kids were among those who attended the tot’s Mermaid-themed birthday party. Lailaa turned three years old on May 13, 2012.


Candace recently conducted an interview with MyBrownBaby in which she talked about her ability to maintain balance between motherhood and career life. “So many times I hear of women quitting their jobs as a result of their families,” says Candace, “That is a decision that many women make and I support their choice. I choose to do both. I vowed from the start that I would have both a successful family and career.”

She adds, “You can have a family AND a career. Balancing both is quite a juggling act! At times I tiredly look into the mirror and ask myself, “What am I doing?” But I am quickly reminded how much I love “this” when I gaze over on the sideline during one of my games and see my whole entire world waving back. I smile when I see my husband whispering to my daughter, “You see Mommy?”

Candace and husband Shelden Williams have been married for several years. Lailaa is the couple’s only child together.

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