Michelle Obama: “Sports Are As Important As Homework & Friends”

The First Lady Michelle Obama gets candid with Parenting about her personal workout and healthy-eating routines, valuable lessons for daughters Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11, and raising the kids in a multi-generational household.

On playing sports: “We set the expectation that sports are as important as homework and friends. It’s important to learn how to compete, to develop a skill…[how to lose]…and how to work as a team. I want them to learn how to sweat, how to win gracefully and lose with dignity.”

On the benefits of raising her daughters in a multi-generational household with “First Grandma” Marian Robinson: “She’s got the Grandma thing where they get away with a lot more than we did [growing up], but ultimately she cares about their development into good people as much as I do.”

On what she and the President tell their girls about what it means to be beautiful: “Barack and I always tell our girls that you can be smart, you can be beautiful, but if you don’t know how to treat people, if you don’t walk into a room and say hello, if you don’t say thank you, if you’re not looking out for the girl who’s sitting alone by herself…then who are you?”

Continue reading the interview with the First Lady at Parenting


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  1. michelle obama is a huge imspotion too me i can do anything and belive in my slef i love her so much and her caring about this world makes me pround with her i know anythin gis possblie

  2. michele obama is such a big imsoption to me and my hero with her anything ia posssiblie she care about kids aND TEENAGERS AND THERE HETLTH I LOVE HER WITH ALL MY HERT

  3. Great advice for raising kids! I love how she says sports are so important because sadly there are parents out there that are raising their girls to be beauty pageant queens or pop stars and don’t care about their growth and development at all.

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