Mothers are the most-honored family members around the world for their selflessness and the love they give to their children. That’s why this year, NewsOne will provide a number of daily posts about Mothers until Mother’s Day. Enjoy!
We love our First Lady Michelle Obama and so do her two beautiful tween girls, Sasha and Malia. Mrs. Obama’s love is the sustaining force in her family, and as a Mom, she is making it her business to serve as a strong example of womanhood for her two girls. The First Lady has said that she stands as an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are cared for, nurtured, and loved by those around them. Michelle Obama has also often said that she came from a woman, Marian Shields Robinson, whom she contends, served as her greatest example, teaching her quiet dignity and strength. Mrs. Obama, we honor you this Mother’s Day as we count the reasons why you are an exemplary Mom.
1) Mrs. Obama is a hands-on Mom.
Even as First Lady, you have said countless times that it is your responsibility to raise your girls and no one else’s. Hats off to you for keeping your children a priority!
Watch Malia here:
2) Mrs. Obama is vigilant about what her children put into their mouths.
So that Malia and Sasha don’t suffer from the obesity that is plaguing our children in this country, the Obama girls are not even allowed to go into the fridge to get what they want, they must first ask Mom. The First Lady is also very concerned about the children in this country; one-third of American kids are overweight (40 percent in African-American and Latino communities) and 17 percent are obese. Mrs. Obama launched her campaign against childhood obesity, “Let’s Move!” in order to help combat chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma by promoting a healthier lifestyle for our kids.
3) Mrs. Obama cares about what her children are exposed to on television.
The First Lady regulates what Sasha and Malia watch. The First Daughters are not allowed to watch television or be on the computer during the week unless it is related to schoolwork, and even on the weekends, they watch limited television.
Watch the Obama children’s most-public moments here:
4) Mrs. Obama won’t tolerate spoiled brats!
“I want the kids to be treated like children, not little princesses. I told everyone that they should make their beds, they should clean their plates, they should act respectfully—and that if anyone on the staff sees differently, they should come to me,” Mrs. Obama told Oprah during an O Magazine interview.
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5) Mrs. Obama doesn’t believe in children living the life of the rich and famous.
Just because they are the First Daughters doesn’t mean they have cash spilling out of their pockets and credit cards with no limits to spend on frivolous items. Mrs. Obama only doles out $1 per child for allowance each week. Hard to believe, right? But get this, Michelle Obama believes the girls have to work for their money and learn the value of a dollar. They have to make their beds, set the table for meals, clean their rooms and keep their closets tidy as well. Some have criticized the Obamas for giving their girls such a low amount – one critic even urged the President and his wife to “provide a fiscal stimulus” for their kids.
6) Mrs. Obama also doesn’t play at bedtime.
The First Daughters have a set bedtime, 8 p.m., and Mrs. Obama sees to it that her girls adhere to the set time. Early to bed ensures that they get enough sleep so that they can be at their best and prepare for the day when they get themselves up in the morning.
7) Mrs. Obama continues to work on balancing work and family time.
Although the president’s first term is nearly over, Michelle Obama is still learning to balance her parenting with her public responsibilities, which is something all working Moms struggle with.
8) Mrs. Obama tries to instill morals in her children.
Instilling the importance of kindness in her girls to not only one another but to other children is important to the First Lady, who abhors bullying. She tells her daughters to not hold their tongue and that they have a responsibility to speak up when they see acts of bullying.
Watch the First Family returning from Hawaii here:
9) Mrs. Obama has made it clear that no one should mess with her girls!
The First Lady is like a lioness with her cubs; she is fiercely protective of their privacy. For example, when they are out without her or the President, she does not like for them to be photographed. Mention of the girls is used primarily to punctuate a story.
10) Mrs. Obama knows what her first job is and always will be.
Mrs. Obama’s feelings about motherhood were summed up best when she first embarked on this presidential journey by stating that as a Mother to her girls, “My first job in all honesty is going to continue to be mom-in-chief. Making sure that in this transition, which will be even more of a transition for the girls… that they are settled and that they know they will continue to be the center of our universe.”
Happy Mother’s Day, Mrs. Obama! We salute you!