MICHELLE OBAMA ON ADVICE SHE GIVES HER DAUGHTERS: ‘THEY HAVE TO WALK THEIR OWN WALK’

"They Have To Take The Time To Get To Know Themselves"

Michelle Obama is not interested in paving a path for her daughters, Sasha and Malia Obama, to follow. Instead, the former First Lady encourages her daughters to create their own journeys in life.

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“They cannot define themselves by looking at each other or looking at me or their dad,” Mrs. Obama told Oprah Winfrey during Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus tour. “They have to take the time to get to know themselves — give themselves a moment to figure out who they want to be in the world, not who they think I want them to be, not what the rest of the world says about them, but to really think about how they want to shape their lives and how they want to move in this world,” the former First Lady shared.

“I don’t want them measuring themselves by external influences, and for young girls, that is hard to do.”

Malia Obama is presently pursuing her degree at Harvard University. Sasha Obama attends college at the University of Michigan. The girls may no longer live in the house, but that doesn’t mean that Michelle and Barack Obama have lost their fire.

“[Barack and I] have more emotional time, emotional energy,” Mrs. Obama shared with Oprah Winfrey. “It’s just me and him and [the family dogs] Bo and Sunny and dinner,” she said. “And they don’t talk, the dogs,” Mrs. Obama mused.

You can read about Michelle Obama’s life in her memoir, Becoming. Stay tuned for more celebrity mom news!

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Sarie

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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