Earlier this week, a select group of online reporters were given the opportunity to sit down with First Lady Michelle Obama in the Old Family Dining Room in the East Wing of White House.
Among those in attendance was iVillage’s Kelly Wallace, who spoke with Mrs. Obama about a wide range of topics, including her Let’s Move campaign against childhood obesity and creating a normal environment for her daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10, despite residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. BlackEnterprise.com pulled a few parenting nuggets of wisdom from Michelle on keeping your kids grounded. —Anslem Samuel
CHECK INS ARE IMPORTANT
While most people would be secure in the fact that secret service agents are keeping a watchful eye on their kids, Michelle Obama, like any other mom, likes to know if her children are on their best behavior whenever they’re away from home. The First Lady confessed to regularly calling other parents and asking, “How do the girls seem?” even when the response is positive she’s diligent about things staying that way: “Okay, good, just tell me if you see anything–just let me know.”
Despite being two of the country’s most known tweens, Malia and Sasha are not exempt from the same household duties as their non-famous peers. “The first thing is establishing rules among the staff that they’re not little princesses,” said Mrs. Obama. “[Malia and Sasha] have to make their beds, they have to clean up their rooms… 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.”
FORGET ABOUT DADDY’S JOB
A big part of maintaining a sense of normalcy for the girls is not making a big deal about their father’s day job. During designated family time, Michelle makes a point to let her daughters feel like their sitting down with Daddy and not the President of the United States. “It’s sitting down at the dinner table and having Barack’s day be really the last thing anyone really cares about,” she said. “So he’s sort of the throw-on piece. It’s like, ‘Oh, yeah, Daddy, and what did you do today?'”
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SOURCE: Black Enterprise