During their time in the White House, Barack and Michelle Obama tried to keep their daughters Malia and Sasha out of the public eye as much as possible. That’s why it came as a surprise recently when Michelle Obama opened up about the way she raised her two girls.
Celebrity Insider reported that during a speech in Illinois, Michelle said that she does not regret raising her daughters in a bubble for the past eight years. She said that she chose to keep her daughters off social media to protect their privacy protect and make sure they have a normal childhood away from bullies and mean-spirited people.
“Sometimes we treat our children too preciously because of the issues they have dealt with,” Michelle said, adding that she has no plans to ever apologize to Sasha and Malia for the manner they were brought up.
“Barack and I, we thought about with Malia and Sasha, OK, we could’ve spent eight years feeling sorry for them that they were living in a bubble that every misstep for them would be on YouTube, that their privacy, they didn’t have access to their father in a way,” Michelle said. “We could’ve felt bad for them, and there would’ve been a truth there. But our view was this is their life, and we cannot apologize for the life they have because a whole lot of it is good.”
Michelle added that she feels that her daughters will be ready for whatever life throws at them.
“I cannot cherish you to death,” the former First Lady said. “We have to raise our children to be the adults that we want them to be, and that starts young. You cannot be so afraid that life will break them that you do not prepare them for life. Sometimes our fear keeps us from pushing our kids out into the cold, cruel world. And then they are not ready, and we wonder why.”
We ask [women] to speak up, we ask them to speak their mind, we ask them just to say no, to speak out against sexual harassment, to speak out against inequality—but if we don’t teach our young girls to speak at an early age, that doesn’t just happen,” Michelle continued. “It takes practice to have a voice. You have to use it again and again and again before you can say ‘No’ or ‘Stop. Don’t touch me.’”
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