Michelle Obama Explains Why She’s Not Her Child’s ‘Friend’

former first lady Michelle Obama is talking about her approach to parenting and that she advocates having firm boundaries rather than being best friends.

Michelle Obama: ‘Children must learn to live with injustice’

In Michelle’s recent REVOLT TV special, REVOLT x Michelle Obama: A Conversation Between Generations, a discussion around “gentle parenting” was launched among the panel—including Michelle Obama, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Winnie Harlow, HER, and Kelly Rowland. In addition, Angie Martinez is also the moderator.

At one point, Kelly spoke to Michelle and asked, “Is there a part of you that also wants to be a trusted friend, or are you just putting yourself in the parent box?”

Before the R&B icon could finish her question, Michelle answered with a definite “no”.

Obama went on to explain his reasoning, saying that parents shouldn’t worry about their kids “liking” them.

“Once you decided you wanted your kids to be your friends, now you worry about them liking you. And there are a lot of parents that have nothing to do with them liking you…A lot of things you will have to teach them the opposite of what they want.”

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

“With a friend, you always want them to be happy. Your children must learn to live in their unhappiness. They must learn to live with injustice, and they must learn it in their homes. Their first injustice didn’t happen at school or when they were 30.”

Twitter thinks Kelly’s point on ‘Gentle Parenting’ was lost in translation

While Michelle’s commentary received support from her panelists, Twitter offered some responses.

One user said that Michelle’s comments were like “very old parenting propaganda”.

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

Additionally, Kelly was criticized for mixing up the true definition of gentle parenting, while Michelle’s approach was dubbed “authoritative”.

However, some people feel that Michelle has a point.

Michelle also talked about ‘threatening’ her kids not to get tattoos

While discussing Michelle’s parenting style, we should also note that she recently talked about how she and Barack Obama humorously prevented their daughter from being ripped off.

In an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson ShowObama and Clarkson talked about how tattoos have become more acceptable than they used to be.

After Michelle admitted that “tattoos mean a whole lot different” to her generation, she revealed how she and Barack worked things out with their children, Malia and Sasha.

“We used to threaten our children [by saying]’If you have a tattoo, we’ll take exactly the same tattoo and show it on TikTok or whatever’…We’ll make it ridiculous!

Do you agree with Michelle Obama’s comments on parenting or do you think Kelly Rowland has a point?


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