What’s it like raising two young girls in the White House?
According to First Lady Michelle Obama, life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue isn’t too different from life at any other household in America with pre-teens. There are sleepovers to be had, chores to be done, and Kardashians to keep up with, and just like so many others, Obama has one main objective when it comes to daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10, telling iVillage, “They’re terrific girls, they’re poised and they’re kind and they’re curious. And like any mother, I am just hoping that I don’t mess them up.”
Here’s what else the First Lady had to say….
On her ongoing fight for normalcy: “The first thing is establishing rules among the staff that they’re not little princesses. They have to make their beds, they have to clean up their rooms, they have to — Sasha has started doing the laundry, Malia was supposed to be doing it but (Sasha) is really into laundry. My mom still does her own laundry.
It’s really the interaction that we have as a family that makes it feel like a home. It’s sitting down at the dinner table and having Barack’s day be really the last thing anyone really cares about. So he’s sort of the throw-on piece. It’s like, ‘Oh yeah, Daddy, and what did you do today?’”
On trying to keep up with the Kardashians: “Barack really thinks some of the Kardashians — when they watch that stuff — he doesn’t like that as much, but I sort of feel like if we’re talking about it, and I’m more concerned with how they take it in — what did you learn when you watched that. And if they’re learning the right lessons, like, that was crazy, then I’m like, okay.”
On regulating the Halloween candy: “I tell this to my girls all the time – that when it’s time for the holidays and the fun stuff and the birthday party, that you don’t have to worry about it because you’re doing what you’re supposed to do every day.”
On having a little help from her staff: “I know how blessed I am and how rare it is to live in an institution that can provide you with that kind of support. I believe every mother needs a personal assistant. And a chef.”
For more from the First Lady on her super secret shopping trips to Target and how she stays motivated to keep fit, check out the full article here.