At the recent Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama took to the podium and reflected on how the last eight years have been instrumental in her daughters’ lives. Malia and Sasha Obama, now 18 and 15, have, as the FLOTUS described in her speech, “grow[n] from bubbly little girls into poised young women.”
Malia and Sasha Obama in March 2016 (Photo: Pinterest)
Since we first saw the girls during Obama’s first campaign in 2008, they have, quite literally, grown up before our eyes. They have grown up so gracefully and, well, so normally that we can’t help but be in awe.
And how well they turned out is certainly in no small part due to how they were raised. In that same speech, Michelle went on to talk about when she and her husband realized how much his new role would affect their children:
“I will never forget that winter morning as I watched our girls, just 7 and 10 years old, pile into those black SUVs with all those men with guns. And that’s all their little faces pressed up against the window, and the only thing I could think was, What have we done? At that moment, I realized that our time in the White House would form the foundation of who they would become. And how well we manage this experience could truly make or break them.”
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Michelle and the POTUS have done a great job raising their two girls. She talked about how her husband tried to make their daughters’ lives as normal as possible, advising them to take the high road when they came across hateful people and speech:
“That is what Barack and I think about every day as he tried to guide and protect our girls from the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight. How we urged them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith. How we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country. How we explain that when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. Our motto is, when they go low, we go high.
Michelle continued to say that she and her husband tried their best to be good examples to their two kids:
“With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. We as parents are the most important role model.”
The first lady closed her speech by urging American voters to think of their children as they chose their candidate, and then endorsed the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
You can watch the whole speech here.
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