MICHELLE OBAMA PASSES DOWN CRITICAL LESSONS SHE LEARNT FROM HER MOTHER TO HER DAUGHTERS AND ALL MOTHERS AND MOTHER-FIGURES EVERYWHERE
The essay highlights the valuable lessons Mrs. Obama learned from her mother, Marian Robinson, as a child growing up in Chicago. Now, she’s taking these lessons and passing them down to her daughters, Malia, 20, and Sasha, 17.
There’s an old Indian proverb and quote by Revathi Sankaran that says “mother is the best and the first teacher to the child.” For former First Lady Michelle Obama, her 81-year-old mom Marian Robinson was nothing but a positive influence in her life.
In a personal essay for People on May 12, Mrs. Obama wrote about the valuable life lessons her mother instilled in her and how she’s passing them down to her two daughters, Malia Obama, 20, and Sasha Obama, 17. The Becoming author highlighted how her mom allowed both she and her brother, Craig Robinson, 47, to express themselves and ask questions, no matter how pointless they seemed.
“As I’ve grown older, I’ve seen how her manner in a conversation also reflects her approach to parenting,” Mrs. Obama wrote. “Because when it came to raising her kids, my mom knew that her voice was less important than allowing me to use my own. That meant she listened a lot more than she lectured. Growing up, she was willing to endure endless questioning from me.”
Mrs. Obama recounted those inquiries from her childhood growing up in Chicago’s South Side in the People essay, pondering over everything from eggs for breakfast to the size of homes in various neighbourhoods.
“She and my father, Fraser, were wholly invested in their children, pouring a deep and durable foundation of goodness and honesty, of right and wrong, into my brother and me,” Mrs. Obama added. “After that, they simply let us be ourselves.”
“I see now how important that kind of freedom is for all children, particularly for girls with flames of their own—flames the world might try to dim,” Mrs. Obama wrote. “It’s up to us, as mothers and mother-figures, to give the girls in our lives the kind of support that keeps their flame lit and lifts up their voices—not necessarily with our own words, but by letting them find the words themselves.”
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