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'She Gives More Than What's Asked For': Michelle Obama's Advice To Meghan Markle About Motherhood Leaves The Duchess "Speechless"

Date July 31, 2019 14:23

Let's face it, the former First Lady of the United States has been able to capture our admiration and not just for her humanitarian efforts.

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One of the main things her fans have appreciated over the years is her dedication to parenthood.

What she learned from her mother

In a personal essay published on People in May, the Becoming author revealed how she intends to adopt the parenting lesson she learned from her mother Marian.

She said;

When it came to raising her kids, my mom knew that her voice was less important than allowing me to use my own. That meant she listened a lot more than she lectured.

A similar message to the Duchess

Meghan Markle recently received the honor of co-editing the British Vogue September issue and one of the personalities she interviewed was none other than Michelle Obama.

The Duchess of Sussex, who welcomed her first child in May, talked about being quite impressed when Michelle sent back responses to some of the questions she asked about being a parent.

Meghan explained that she initially expected simple answers to the simple questions she sent to the mother of two. But what she got was much more than she expected.

What was sent back to me, however, left me somewhat speechless.

Describing Michelle's responses, the Duchess said;

Her authenticity came out of her innate goodwill to support another woman, to give more than what’s asked for, to be generous, to be kind.

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While describing what motherhood has taught her, Michelle wrote that the experience has been "a masterclass in letting go." The former FLOTUS explained that even though they might want to, parents will be unable to control every single aspect of their child's life.

As mothers, we just don’t want anything or anyone to hurt our babies. But life has other plans.

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Michelle Obama said she has learned that, as a mom, her job is to provide space for her children to explore and become who they are, rather than who she wants them to be. And instead of working to eliminate all adversity from their path, a parent's purpose should actually be to create a safe space for them to come to when they "inevitably fail," and to remind them they can rise up again.

In addition, Michelle also shared an important message for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex,.

I’m so excited for you and Harry to experience that, Meghan. Savour it all.

Meghan's decision to interview Michelle turned out to be a really good one indeed. These little nuggets of parenting wisdom are not only applicable to the Duchess but it's something all parents can learn from.