Is there anything Michelle Obama can’t do? No. The answer is no. In this year’s September issue of British Vogue, the former First Lady shared parenting advice with guest editor Meghan Markle, and there was no shortage of gems.
The interview was featured in the Forces for Change section of the issue, which features other trailblazing women who are changing the world (Selma Hayek and Laverne Cox are among them). Obama shared her parenting wisdom with Markle, aka the Duchess of Sussex, who just two months ago became a mother herself. The two spoke mostly about relinquishing control as a parent, and Obama brilliantly summed up motherhood as “a masterclass in letting go.
“Try as we might, there’s only so much we can control,” she went on. “As mothers, we just don’t want anything or anyone to hurt our babies. But life has other plans. Bruised knees, bumpy roads and broken hearts are part of the deal.”
Obama also told Markle that a key part of parenthood is giving your children ample space to discover who they are – without expectation heaped on them. “Motherhood has also taught me that my job is not to bulldoze a path for them in an effort to eliminate all possible adversity,” said the former First Lady and mother of two daughters, Sasha and Malia. “But instead, I need to be a safe and consistent place for them to land when they inevitably fail; and to show them, again and again, how to get up on their own.”
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