We are not required to fix them. They don’t require us to first point out what is incorrect, and I write about that because it is a practise, “On her podcast.
Former US first lady Michelle Obama just launched her own podcast, Michelle Obama: The Light Podcast, which, in her words, “is a deeper analysis of fascinating really meaningful experiences” she encountered while writing The Light We Carry and during the subsequent book tour. The 59-year-old spoke candidly on the podcast on the value of showing children our “gladness” rather than attempting to change them.
Michelle Obama quick overview
|1964||Born on January 17 in Chicago, Illinois|
|1981||Graduated from Whitney Young High School|
|1985||Graduated from Princeton University|
|1988||Graduated from Harvard Law School|
|1989||Met future husband Barack Obama|
|1991||Worked as an associate at a law firm|
|1992||Worked for Chicago mayor Richard Daley|
|1993||Married Barack Obama|
|1996||Worked for the University of Chicago|
|2005||Became First Lady of Illinois|
|2009||Became First Lady of the United States|
|2010||Launched Let’s Move! initiative|
|2012||Released her first book, “American Grown”|
|2016||Gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention|
|2018||Released her memoir, “Becoming”|
|2020||Launched “When We All Vote” initiative|
“What Toni Morrison says is that our kids just want our gladness,” she remarked, highlighting her book tour stop in Philadelphia where she sat with her friend Hoda Kotb, the co-host of the Today programme. We’re not required to make them work. They don’t require us to point out the problem first, and I write about that since it is customary to do so. I am aware that I strive to model that for children around the world.
Many children, she continued, can go their entire lives without being welcomed with joy. Michelle stated, “I just think, man, if this encounter is their chance to be seen by someone and somebody that they believe is significant, I’m not going to squander it.” She said that children view adults as role models for the majority of their lives—something that many parents tend to forget.Sometimes, you treat kids like they’re adults and yell at them, shoo them out of your store, and act as though they don’t belong at a museum or are bothersome. And as adults, teaching kids that leaves an imprint on them,” she said.
She went on to say that she is now “on the other side of parenting”. Her daughter had entered her hotel room wearing wrinkled clothes, she recalled. “She walks in, maybe the second time I saw her this morning, and I’m like, ‘you’re wrinkly, you’re going to do something about it,’ and she’s like, ‘yeah mom.’ ‘I did it,’ I thought. Instead of saying,’sit on my lap, give me a kiss,’ I told her I was fixing things. “I’m saying, ‘Oh my god, your hair isn’t right here,'” Michelle explained.
She has previously spoken candidly about parenthood and children. She had already written about her experiences with her mother’s guilt in her book. “My mother remorse would set in just one little thing went wrong.
I would begin to question every decision Obama and I had ever made. Women are predisposed to thrive in self-analysis because we were raised in systems of inequality and fed completely erroneous notions of female “beauty” when we were young girls. “Really, none of us ever live up,” she said, adding that emotions of “not-enoughness” might be particularly strong for mothers.
“The representations of maternal perfection we see in advertising and on social media are frequently no less fabricated than what we see on the enhanced and Photoshopped female bodies that are frequently upheld as the social barometer for beauty,” she continued. The beautiful body is not the only thing we strive for; we also want perfect children, perfect work-life balance, wonderful family memories, and perfect levels of patience.
But we are still conditioned to believe this. Being a mother makes it difficult to refrain from wondering, “Is everyone else doing this flawlessly but me? “Barack Obama, the late US President, and Michelle Obama are parents to two daughters, Malia and Sasha.