The former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, has shared her wisdom on how to be strong ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8. Appearing in an interview with Good Morning America, the mother of two has revealed how she has instilled confidence in her daughter’s, Malia, 22 and Sasha, 19. And it’s advice we could really use ourselves.
“I always have wanted them to start practicing the power of their voices very early on,” Obama said. “What I hope they learn is that who they are right now is enough.”
“If you sit around the dinner table, me and Barack [Obama], we can’t get a word in edgewise, and we like it like that,” the 57-year-old revealed. “We want to hear their thoughts and their opinions, and that’s where it begins.”
.@MichelleObama tells @robinroberts she hopes her daughters learn from her story that, “who they are right now is enough. I always have wanted them to start practicing the power of their voices very early on.” https://t.co/i9rZzYvW4s pic.twitter.com/8NDYyBcjDY
— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 3, 2021
The attorney and author has certainly found the power of her voice. Obama has written a number of books including best-selling memoir, Becoming, is the host of The Michelle Obama Podcast and runs a production company with husband Barack. Last month it was revealed that Malia would follow in her mother’s writing footsteps and will join Donald Glover in the writing room for an upcoming film.
Obama has been honest in the past on how she has tried to raise her children – particularly within the White House.
“One of the things that I had to learn how to negotiate was creating these boundaries with my kids in the White House,” Michelle told her family. “I mean, you talk about being raised in a totally different world than I ever knew? It’s like, pluckin’ these little girls out of our normal life on the South Side of Chicago with Craig, and mom, and our way of doing things, and our community, and then, putting them in a historic mansion with butlers and maids, and florists, and gardeners, and Secret service, and then trying to make sure that they understood boundaries, understood responsibility.”