Says She Sometimes Feels Like A Single Mom


Her husband might be one of the most powerful men in the world, but according to Michelle Obama, she sometimes feels like a single mom, but that’s just because President Obama has so much going on (like running the country!). The First Lady of the United States opens up to Parade Magazine about raising her daughters, sending them off to college and that single mom status. Here are some snippets:

On thinking about where Malia will go to college.
You know, I am really trying to tone that way down. Because kids are under unreasonable pressure, and it can destroy a high school experience.

On the rules she has set for the Obama daughters as they grow older.
I give them as long a leash as they can handle. What I tell my kids is, I’m preparing you for college and for life. So, having independence, knowing how to set your own boundaries, figuring out how to make that balance. We still have screen time rules.

On whether her recent description of herself as “a single mother” was an acknowledgement of the pressure that comes with always making the decisions about her kids.
That’s absolutely right. When you have a husband or a partner who’s eithertraveling for work or has huge responsibility … and I give my husband credit—he knows who their friends are, he knows what their schedule is. But he’s not making the calls to the dance studio to figure out what classes they’re taking next year … I think it’s important for both parents to shoulder that [responsibility]. I tell my kids, “I am thinking about you every other minute of my day.”

Photos by Parade

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First Lady Michelle Obama Dishes On Heathly Lifestyles And Her Desire To Shop Without A Motorcade

First Lady Michelle Obama is a guest on the Rachael Ray Show this week!  In an episode airing on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, First Lady Michelle talks about her active family, healthy eating habits and her secret desires to shop at Target without a motorcade!

Rachael asks the First Lady if she exercises with her daughters (Malia and Sasha):

“We’re a huge sports family. That goes back to, my father, [who] had MS and when you grow up with a parent that struggles with movement you don’t take movement for granted. So me and my brother, we did sports and I married a man who’s a basketball sports fanatic so we passed that on to our kids. I work out as often as I can, usually every day and when we can, we exercise with the kids. I usually exercise after the girls go to school, but they play basketball, my older daughter plays tennis, we play with her. Barack helps to coach Sasha’s basketball team so we do make sports a part of our lifestyle and that’s the other leg of let’s move. It’s nutrition, but it’s also movement.”

First Lady Michelle Obama and her family plan a quiet Super Bowl® gathering with some snacks:

“We’ll probably watch it at home. It’ll probably be a quiet Super Bowl this year. ”

“Super Bowl food, you know nachos are always good, it’s fresh tomato sauce and you get it on sort of a good quality tortilla.”

The First Lady speaks on her oldest daughter’s desire for privacy:

“She’s growing up, she’s fabulous, but she’s thirteen now so she wants her business to be her business.”

She really misses shopping at Target anonymously:

“That’s why I have my little secret Target runs because I can do things undercover if it’s just quick. I do miss it, but I have the best job on the planet. I mean, I have this wonderful platform that we can shine the light on so many important issues and galvanize the country in ways that I would never be able to do if I wasn’t first lady… But there are definitely times when you want to make one run to your kid’s soccer game without a motorcade. You know? So you begin to value anonymity and you lose that, but it’s a small price to pay for being able to serve the country you love.”

Rachael and the First Lady’s collaboration to put healthy foods into schools across the USA :

“Beginning in the fall kids are going to see more healthy portion sizes, they’re going to see more whole grains, they’re going to see more fresh fruits and vegetables. So that now parents can send their kids to school knowing that the meals they’re getting are of a high quality, they’re going to give their kids the energy they need and that’s just one of the challenges of being a parent.”

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First Lady Michelle Obama Tours South Africa With Sasha And Malia

First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, are enjoying their goodwill tour through South Africa this week – having some incredible experiences along the way.

Michelle Obama received a copy of Nelson Mandela’s book from Sello Hatang at the Nelson Mandela Foundation while her daughter Sasha looked on yesterday in Johannesburg, South Africa.

They also spent some time at the Foundation listening to Verne Harris, Head of the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Memory Programme. They viewed an exhibit of Nelson Mandela’s personal photographs and journals, as well.

The Obamas also met with Nelson Mandela himself during their visit.

Photos by Fame

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