Michelle Obama might be the First Lady, but she is first and foremost a mom to her girls Malia and Sasha. Being the President Obama’s daughters has it’s perks, but they are still girls with rules. And that’s healthy parenting.
Start with the girls’ chores. They’re still making their own beds, cleaning their rooms and clearing their dishes. And even with their grandmother, Marian Robinson, 71, staying in a third-floor guest room to help out, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, must show responsibility.
Their mother, Michelle Obama, has asked the White House staff not to do too much. “People want to make your life easy, and when you have small kids – I’ve explained this to the staff – they don’t need their lives to be easy. They’re kids,” she says.
The girls do have roaming privileges all around the historic mansion and can pop into the Oval Office whenever they want. “I’ve tried to encourage them to feel like this whole place is their home,” Mrs. Obama tells PEOPLE. “We actually had this conversation – just let us know where you’re going.”
That rocks. I love how they are handling this. The girls are kids. They need to have as much of the real world stay in their lives as possible. Making your own bed and clearing your own dishes…I love it. Plus, the fact that they can walk into the Oval Office whenever they need their dad, PRICELESS.
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