Raising children in any environment is no easy task. Living in the White House and facing global pressure has only increased the challenges, confirms Michelle Obama. The former First Lady has spoken of raising her daughters Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19, in the spotlight for the season finale of Michelle Obama’s podcast. During the episode, Obama spoke with his mother, Marian Robinson, and older brother, Craig, about the lessons they learned growing up in Chicago.
All the directions entered were naturally changed when the Obama family moved into the White House in 2009. “One of the things I had to learn to negotiate was to create those boundaries with my kids in the White House,” recalls. Michelle. “I mean, are you talking about growing up in a whole different world than I’ve ever known? It’s like these little girls stepping out of our normal life on the south side of Chicago with Craig, and mom, and our way of doing things, and our community, and then, putting them in a historic mansion with butlers and maids, florists, gardeners and the secret service, and then trying to make sure they understand them. limits, include liability. “
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Getting Malia and Sasha to lead a semi-typical adolescence often required pulling strings from Marian, who lived with the family in the White House. “You had to basically overthrow the White House system to get them to make sure these girls had some semblance of normalcy, right?” Obama said, revealing that she often sneaked her granddaughters “some extra candy.”
Obama also recalled keeping the balance in Barack’s schedule, so that their daughters can enjoy their time in the White House, without blaming it. “I always tried to make sure I didn’t pout in front of the kids when Barack wasn’t around,” she explained, adding, “If I had made a big deal out of it and said: ‘Oh my God, your father is no longer here! Oh, it’s missing that ‘or’ I just wish … ‘so that’s the signal to them,’ Well, that’s not normal. “She continued,“ Even though Barack is the president of the United States, he worked his schedule around their schedule. They didn’t wait until 9 at night to eat because daddy was late. They could never not go somewhere or do something because of daddy. I never wanted them to resent the presidency or what their father did. “
An important step that almost all families must endure: dropping their child off at university. Obama reflected on the trip she and Barack made to Harvard for Malia’s freshman year. “Barack and I have two different ways of dealing with this anxiety. I just had a to-do list. I unpacked the room, we make the bed, we clean, we prepare the dormitory. We had things. You know, I was busy, “she recalls.” And Barack, was totally out of it, because he really didn’t have a job. So we had to give it a job. Like, ‘Hey, why don’t you try to put that lamp up.’ The lamp was already mounted, you know, you just really had to screw it in. “
But after all the unpacking, Obama says she remembered when she and Barack got emotional, leaving the University of Malia. “We tried to hold him back,” she confessed. “Then I heard Barack on the right side, [sniffs] you know that kind of (thing). And Allen, his agent, gave him back a handkerchief. He was like, ‘Thanks man.’ We both shed tears, “she admitted, adding later,” because there was just something about her leaving her, even though she had been at the overnight camp. and that she had traveled. There’s just something about this baby now, like, she’s gone. We didn’t know they would be back so soon, given the pandemic. “
Yet despite the hardships his daughters faced in the public eye, Obama says he’s proud of what has become of them. “Malia and Sasha turned out to be wonderful young girls, and very well adjusted, given what they had to face at a very important stage of development in their lives.”
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