Michelle Obama Explains Why She’s Not Her Kids’ ‘Girlfriend’

Former first lady Michelle Obama opens up about her approach to parenting, and she’s in favor of having firm boundaries over being buddy-buddy.

Michelle Obama: “Children must learn to live with injustice”

During Michelle’s recent REVOLT TV special, REVOLT x Michelle Obama: The Intergenerational Conversation, a discussion on ‘gentle parenting’ was featured in the panel – which consisted of Michelle Obama, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Winnie Harlow, HER and Kelly Rowland. Angie Martinez also acted as presenter.

At one point, Kelly turned to Michelle and asked, “Isn’t there a part of you that wants to be a trusted friend too, or do you just put yourself in the parenting box?”

Before the R&B icon could even finish her question, Michelle replied with a resounding “no.”

Obama went on to explain her rationale by saying that parents shouldn’t care if their kids “like” them.

“Once you’ve decided you want your child to be your friend, now worry that he might like you. And there are so many parents that have nothing to do with liking you… So much of what you have to teach them goes against what they want.”

She continued, noting that parents have a duty to equip their children for some of life’s hardships.

“With a friend, you want them to be happy all the time. Their children must learn to live with their unhappiness. They must learn to live with injustice and they must learn it in their homes. Your first bout of injustice can’t be at school or when you’re 30.”

Twitter believes Kelly’s argument about “gentle parenting” has been lost in translation

While Michelle’s comment was supported by her panelists, Twitter drew some resistance.

One user said Michelle’s comments resembled “very old parenting propaganda.”

Others claimed that since “mothers play many roles,” parents should be able to be friends with their children.

Additionally, Kelly was called out for mistaking the true definition of gentle parenting, while calling Michelle’s approach “authoritative.”

However, some felt that Michelle had a solid point.

Michelle also spoke about “threatening” her kids not to get tattoos

As we delve into Michelle’s parenting style, we should also note that she recently opened up about how she and Barack Obama humorously stopped their daughters from getting tattoos.

At a performance on The Kelly Clarkson ShowObama and Clarkson talked about how tattoos have become more acceptable than they used to be.

After admitting that “tattoos meant something very different to her generation,” Michelle revealed how she and Barack handled the matter with their children, Malia and Sasha.

“We used to threaten our children [by saying]’If you get a tattoo, we’re going to get the exact same thing and put it on TikTok or whatever’… We’re going to make it so uncool!”

Do you agree with Michelle Obama’s comments about parenting, or do you think Kelly Rowland is right?


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