While her husband is campaigning for a second term in office, First Lady Michelle Obama is advocating for healthy living. She recently sat down with Parenting magazine to talk about her kids and what it means to raise well-rounded children.


Although the Obamas encourage Sasha and Malia to strive for excellence in academics, they do not stop them from participating in extra curricular activities that include sports like basketball and soccer. “We set the expectation that sports are as important as homework and friends. It’s important to learn how to compete, to develop a skill…[how to lose]…and how to work as a team. I want them to learn how to sweat, how to win gracefully and lose with dignity,” says Michelle.

While confidence is key, First Lady Obama is not aiming to raise arrogant children. “Barack and I always tell [Sasha and Malia] that you can be smart, you can be beautiful, but if you don’t know how to treat people, if you don’t walk into a room and say hello, if you don’t say thank you, if you’re not looking out for the girl who’s sitting alone by herself…then who are you?”

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First daughters Sasha Obama and Malia Obama are pictured leaving the White House before boarding Marine One last month.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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