Barack & Michelle Obama’s Best Parenting Quotes

“We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception. What makes you a man is not the ability to have a child — it’s the courage to raise one.”

“We made sure they had responsibilities, and so, we had to do things like, institute rules that the housekeepers couldn’t clean the girls’ rooms, and that they had to make up their own beds...."

"When Malia and Sasha were newborns, Barack and I could lose hours just watching them sleep." 

"Sasha got meningitis when she was 3 months old. I still remember going to the hospital together and they had to give her a spinal tap. Your world narrows to this very small point...."

“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.”

“Michelle and I know that our first job, our first responsibility, is instilling a sense of learning, a sense of a love of learning in our kids."

“We can do with a lot less, and I think that’s an important lesson I want my kids to understand. Be grateful for what you have and be ready to share it when the time comes."

“When I get up and work out, I’m working out just as much for my girls as I am for me, because I want them to see a mother who loves them dearly, who invests in them, but who also invests in herself."

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