Quoted: Michelle Obama On Motherhood

Written by

Patrice D’Agostino

12:15 pm
05/19/15

Photo via The White House

Oprah: Before you moved in [the White House], you said you wanted the girls to keep making their own beds and doing chores. Is the staff on board with that?

Michelle Obama: “It took a second. At first they were like, ‘Are you sure?’ But if these girls don’t learn how to make a bed or clean a room, what are they going to do when they go to college? It can’t be foreign to them to be part of a working household. So, in the first few days, I gathered my East Wing team and the residence staff—the folks who clean the chandeliers, the people in the kitchen, everyone—and thanked them for helping us transition through the move. Then I talked about our vision for this house: that it would be filled with life, that we’d have people in and out, that the kids would roam around. I want the kids to be treated like children, not little princesses. I told everyone that they should make their beds, they should clean their plates, they should act respectfully—and that if anyone on the staff sees differently, they should come to me. So, the girls help set the table, they help bring the food out, they work with the butler staff, and they’re in the kitchen laughing and making their toast in the morning. And everyone has adjusted to the rules. Now I joke with the staff: ‘Don’t spoil them—spoil Mom!'”

Michelle Obama in O Magazine (April 2009)

Leave a Comment

1 comment

ALL MATERIAL © MOTHER LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. SITE DESIGNED BY JANE REACTION, DEVELOPED BY BRANDI BERNOSKIE