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Michelle Obama Reveals Her Secret To Raising Amazing Daughters

One of the most touching moments as President Barack Obama's second term drew to a close was his farewell address, in which he spoke directly to his daughters. His tender words are enough to make you wish he was your father. Former First Lady Michelle recently spilled her secrets to successful parenting. While her husband says he cherishes their daughters, Mrs. Obama notes that you 'can't Cherish [kids] to death'.

In 2008, Malia and Sasha Obama were adorable little girls moving into the White House, ready to hold their daddy to his promise that if he won, they could get a dog. By the time their father was getting ready to step down after eight years in office, they were beautiful young women getting ready to take on the world.

“Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful, but more importantly, kind and thoughtful and full of passion," said President Obama in his farewell speech. "You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud to be your dad."

It was a touching moment that brought tears to people's eyes. Indeed, Malia, who just started Harvard after taking a gap year to intern in New York City, and Sasha, who is finishing high school, are daughters that any parents would be proud of. Mom Michelle gave a little more insight on raising those amazing kids when she attended The Obama Foundation summit in Chicago.

She noted that for kids to become 'independent, well-meaning, kind, compassionate people', parents have to raise them that way from the get-go. Mrs. Obama says that you have to give kids room to make their own mistakes and learn the hard lessons that life isn't easy.

"Sometimes we treat our children too preciously because of the issues they’ve dealt with," said Michele, according to In Style Magazine. "Barack and I, we thought about with Malia and Sasha, OK, we could’ve spent eight years feeling sorry for them that they were living in a bubble that every misstep for them would be on YouTube, that their privacy, they didn’t have access to their father in a way…We could’ve felt bad for them, and there would’ve been a truth there. But our view was this is their life, and we can’t apologize for the life they have because a whole lot of it is good.”

Last year, Mrs. Obama told People Magazine, "I can’t cherish you to death. We have to raise our children to be the adults that we want them to be, and that starts young. You can’t be so afraid that life will break them that you don’t prepare them for life. Sometimes our fear keeps us from pushing our kids out into the cold cruel world. And then they’re not ready and we wonder why."

At the summit, the mom of two girls also addressed what she sees as society's biggest problem in raising boys. “The problem in the world today is that we love our boys and we raise our girls," she said, noting that we try to make girls strong and push them, but try not to hurt boys' feelings.

Michelle notes that many men grow up feeling 'entitled' and 'self-righteous' because of the way they're raised.

Source: W Magazine
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