She is so fabulous. But in spite of being one of the most popular residents of the White House, Michelle Obama stays grounded by focusing on her 2 children—Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11.
She tells Vogue, “Our job is, first and foremost, to make sure our family is whole.”
Wise words. I love her focus on being whole because it suggests that parents need to be in tune to their children’s needs at different stages in life. Being whole might mean different things at different times. And there’s not just one right way to do it.
For the Obamas, one element to being whole means staying close to grandma. Michelle’s mother, Marian Robinson lives at the White House and helps look after the girls. The “first granny” is a trusted part of the Obama team and lets Michelle Obama do her job as the First Lady with confidence that her children are being well cared for.
Michelle, 49, tries to emulate certain qualities of her husband, President Barack Obama, in order to stay calm and focus on her family,
“Well, patience and calm I’m borrowing. Or trying to mirror. I’ve learned that from my husband, that sort of, you know, ability to not get too high or too low with changes and bumps in the road, to do more breathing in and just going with it. I’m learning that every day. “
They’ve been married for 20 years. I’m sure they’re rubbing off on each other. She also says,
“To the extent that I’ve made changes in my life, it’s just sort of stepping back and seeing a change not as something to guard against but as a wonderful addition. . . that can make life fun and unexpected.”
This attitude has helped her children thrive in the White House. Instead of feeling afraid and defensive, Michelle Obama has embraced new opportunities while safeguarding her family. As a mom of 4 kids close to Malia and Sasha’s ages, this inspires me.
Now, how to get those arms?