Michelle Obama says daughters Malia and Sasha 'couldn't be more different' and are 'paving their own paths'
Former first lady Michelle Obama told new mom Meghan Markle that, as mothers, there is a limit to how much you can control your children
Michelle Obama opened up about motherhood and her daughters in a recent interview with the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, for British Vogue.
In the interview, the former first lady pointed out that her two daughters—Malia, 21, and Sasha, 18—are very different from her and from each other.
When asked about the differences between the two girls, Michelle shared that the girls "couldn't be more different".
"One speaks freely and often, one opens up on her own terms. One shares her innermost feelings, the other is content to let you figure it out. Neither approach is better or worse, because they’ve both grown into smart, compassionate and independent young women, fully capable of paving their own paths," she shared.
Michelle did not reveal which girl was which, but did say that she had realized that she had to "let go" of her girls as they got older.
The former first lady added that, as mothers, there is a limit to how much you can control your children and, even though you want nothing to hurt your little one, it is not always possible to shield them.
"Bruised knees, bumpy roads, and broken hearts are all part of the deal. What’s both humbled and heartened me is seeing the resiliency of my daughters," Michelle shared.
New mother Meghan also asked the mother of two for some advice given she just welcomed her firstborn son Archie in May.
Michelle told the Duchess of Sussex that, most of the time, a mother's job is to give their children the freedom to explore and become the people they want to be.
"Not who I want them to be or who I wish I was at that age, but who they are, deep inside. Motherhood has also taught me that my job is not to bulldoze a path for them in an effort to eliminate all possible adversity," Michelle told Meghan.
"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."
It is well known that Meghan Markle and former first lady are close to each other and have always been on great terms.
Meghan also revealed that she wanted to end her issue of Vogue with something inspirational that has "gravitas and as much depth as levity".
Meghan said this was the reason she chose Michelle for the interview and, in the introduction to the Q&A, showered the former first lady with praise.