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House Rules For Malia and Sasha Obama Revealed: Are They Too Strict?

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House Rules For Malia and Sasha Obama Have Been Revealed Over The Years

First Lady Michelle Obama has been very vocal over the years about the house rules she and President Barack Obama have implemented for their two daughters: Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11. Writer Jodi Kantor of The New York Times, has compiled a list of house rules that First Lady Michelle Obama has said in various interviews throughout the past few years. Some of the rules challenge the girls to focus on academics — even when they’re away from school. Other rules challenge the girls to be responsible and consistent.

In short, the rules are: 1) Non-School Related Reports: The girls must write reports about what they’ve seen on their trips, even if it’s not required by their school. 2) Limited Cellphone Usage: Malia may use her cellphone only on the weekends, and she and her sister cannot watch television or use a computer for anything but homework during the week. 3) Athleticism: Malia and Sasha have to play two sports: one they choose and one selected by their mother. 4) House Chores: Malia must learn to do laundry before she leaves for college. 5) Healthy Eating: The girls have to eat their vegetables, and if they say that they are not hungry, they cannot ask for cookies or chips later. Although many people have questioned whether or not the First Lady’s rules are too harsh, she believes they’re basic. “They’re not little princesses,” First Lady Michelle Obama said of her daughters. “It’s just basic rules, boundaries, and expectations that we would have normally.”  Below are some additional rules and further explanations for the aforementioned rules that First Lady Michelle Obama has revealed over the years.

They must do their chores. Though the White House has a large staff, Malia and Sasha have chores of their own. “They have to make their beds, they have to clean up their rooms,” First Lady Michelle Obama said last year. “They have chores to do, and they don’t get their allowance until they can prove that they’ve done their chores for the week.”

They can’t watch much TV. “We have clear rules about screen time and TV time. None during the week if it doesn’t involve schoolwork,” Mrs. Obama said. They’re allowed some TV time on the weekends, but even then “I try to fill up their weekends with a lot of stuff so they wind up missing that, too,” she confided. “It’s like, sports and games, and then, oh, it’s bedtime, so sorry you didn’t get your TV time in.”

No R-rated movies for pre-teens. While Malia, 14, has gone to a few R-rated movies (after they’ve been vetted by her parents), Sasha, 11, is not allowed to watch R-rated movies at all, and even kid-centric TV shows get monitored. “Nowadays, sometimes what’s on the kid programming, some of that teenage programming is pretty high-level stuff, too,” First Lady Michelle Obama said. “So you find that you have to constantly just be engaged with them and hear what they’re learning and talk to them about the shows that they’re watching.”

They can only have healthy snacks. “We have fruit. We have some cereals, some crackers, nuts, dried foods that are out,” Mrs. Obama said. “We try to put out healthy snacks in clear containers, because seeing dried fruit gives the kids the idea, ‘Oh, yes, if I’m hungry I could really have this or the nuts or the soybean things.’ And my whole thing is if you’re really hungry, you can have that. If you don’t really want it, then you’re not really hungry.”

They must play a team sport. “Sports is an expectation, and we say it’s an expectation because it’s about good health,” Mrs. Obama said. “It’s about learning how to play on a team, learning how to lose, learning how to win gracefully, learning how to trash talk and not get your feelings hurt.” First Lady Michelle Obama believes individual sports are great, but “I think team sports are important particularly for girls, where they learn the camaraderie of being dependent on other people for the victory,” she said during an interview in April. “And I think my girls need to learn how to compete. Whether they choose to do it long term, I just think it’s an important opportunity for girls to have.

Quitting is not allowed. “Kids tend to quit when it starts getting hard, which means that’s when they’re starting to learn something,” Mrs. Obama said during an interview this  year. “And that’s the tough time to continue to make them go to that tennis lesson. Even though Malia was complaining about it, she now loves tennis. And now she’s saying, ‘Well, I’m glad you made me keep taking tennis.’ ”

First Lady Michelle Obama fears making her daughters unsuccessful. “They’re terrific girls. They’re poised and they’re kind and they’re curious. Like any mother, I am just hoping that I don’t mess them up,”  she said during an interview. “Even when times are tough, in the end you are as happy as your least happy child.”

Do you believe the Obamas are too strict on their daughters?


  1. Gwen Holston

    September 10, 2012 at 8:17 am

    The Obamas are point on with the girls. Parents make the rules, not
    John Q. public!!!

    • Gwenola

      September 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Oh yes. God put parents here to train the child in the way he/she should go. I raised my girls like that, after they became adults they did a lot of things they wanted, but came back. We need to adhere to home rules that are implemented by Mrs. Obama.

    • Mary Harris

      September 11, 2012 at 10:29 am

      My hat is off to the raising of the president’s daughter. So refreshing to see some parents are in control of their children. Seems to me the grown ups runs their house unlike so many households today.
      God bless them for caring enough for their daughters to prepare them for the real world. I wish we had more parents doing this same thing. My brother and i was raised with rules and i raised my children the same. I would not take nothing for my upbringing, it has been a real sure blessing in my grown life. But it is rare today. So SAD.

    • edema andrew

      September 22, 2012 at 1:54 am

      that is the africa blood in them, i dof my cap for you you are true black man.

    • lifeonmars

      November 10, 2012 at 12:22 am

      So true! Children need structure!

    • Yvonne

      November 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      If more parents even attempt to bring up their children in the way President and Mrs Obama are doing, societies around the world would be amazing places to be. Well done to the Obama’s for truly setting fine examples of balanced, caring and respectful parenting. There is nothing punitive about what these two amazing people are doing. They are teaching their children self-respect, self-reliance, good boundaries, self-regulation, how to stay healthy and active and ensuring they have a great all round education as well as learn how to have fun an enjoy their lives. In my book they have got it absolutely spot on and I can wait to see the magnificence of these two beautiful girls as they grow into fabulous young women.

  2. cyd

    September 10, 2012 at 8:43 am

    I love it… similar to how we were raised. If more parents were this invested in their kids upbringing, we’d see a difference in learning, manners and respect in our society… IMO.

  3. Derrick

    September 10, 2012 at 9:01 am

    What a dumb question! These girls are still MINORS, not MINORities, but they are still under their parents rules and obligations.

    These beautiful Black children will succeed in life because of this upbringing.

    It appears to me, that this Black family can’t do a damn thang right, in the eyes of caucassoids!

    NOTCE the First Lady didn’t say, they had ‘time outs’!!! She TELLS them what they should and shouldn’t do…that’s PARENTING!!!

    • RFN

      September 10, 2012 at 9:07 am

      I agree with your observation

    • christine

      September 10, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Thank you Derrick!!! My thoughts exactly…

    • Miss T

      September 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

      That’s it…there’s nothing more to say. Derrick, once again you got this thing right…but I would love to see that Black man go back home to his family(ies). A presence represents protection and power!

  4. RFN

    September 10, 2012 at 9:06 am

    to ask the question “are they too strict?” is both disrespectful and intrusive. Media operatives should stop its insinuations, always putting doubts into peoples’ minds. The Obama’s are best located to decide what boundaries to set for their girls. They are not telling you to do the same. Mind your own business.

    • christine

      September 10, 2012 at 9:27 am

      RFN……AMEN! AMEN! and AMEN! Again!!!!!!! You and Derrick is so on point!!! You guys have said, just what I was thinking when I read that stupid, ignorant question. If it was a white president and his family, they would be praising them for good parenting….

    • shehiplocki

      September 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      May I add my Right On! to your comment…She is a Woman/Mother that is present and involved with her children. They are not being raised by the Nanny while She busies Herself with parties and vacations etc.
      If She was then people would be talking about that, let folks raise Their Own children to be successful,doing that they won’t have so much time to worry about what the First Lady does with Hers.

  5. Elizabeth

    September 10, 2012 at 9:09 am

    We would be so far ahead as a people if we had better family values. I applaud Mrs. Obama and the President for making sure their daughters grow up with moral values, education, respect and poise. All African-Amrican women should follow her example.

    • Drjomc

      September 10, 2012 at 9:19 am

      I agree, but with an added caveat. It’s a team effort, Elizabeth. It’s both Pres. and Mrs. Obama doing this. She’s not doing it alone. She also has her mother with her to help.

      For women who are single parents, find other adults who share you values and “team” up. It requires multiple adult role models to do this well, without losing your sanity.

    • M. RENFRO

      September 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Did you say other African Americans should follow Mrs. Obama in raising there children. I am sure you did not say what you really intended. There are white families living right here under me that don’t even insist their children bath, washing their hands before eating and smells like their dog that I see them with all the time. They come over here always hungry looking in my refrigerator for food, Getting my dry cereal off the refrigerator and eating right out of the box. I don’t take the food away from them, but I do insist that they wash their hands before they touch anything in my kitchen. Now you need to restate your comment.

      • Mable8

        October 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

        You could say the same about your black neighbors M Renfro—there is good, bad, and indifferent folks among ALL the races. Your point of view preaches racism.


      September 10, 2012 at 8:47 pm


      • Mable8

        October 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        And so should ALL BLACK WOMEN….what makes you think that it is only “White women” who are shoddy? Take a good look–or is getting out of your comfort zone and entering a ghetto of mixed neighborhoods not to your liking? Teen pregnancies, drug/alcohol abuse, crime, dysfunctional familes, amoral individuals—-not one of these social blights are confined to a single group of people and not one of these social blights honor any boundaries because it affects EVERYONE regardless of the socio-economic status one comes from. When people start seeing social blights as a problem that harms all, it is only then that the problems can be resolved.

    • Vivian

      September 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      You mean All PARENTS do you not???????

      • Vivian

        September 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm

        Comment is in response to Elizabeth’s observation.

  6. Adub4Spirit

    September 10, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I love it! My children are not allowed to watch television or use any electronic device during the week except their basic kindle’s unless it’s homework related either. Some people think unlimited television viewing somehow is a right and I don’t agree with that. I love the rules the Obama’s have as many of my other rules are similar.

  7. Drjomc

    September 10, 2012 at 9:15 am

    The rules are perfectly reasonable, particularly given the developmental stages of the girls. Note that the kids are not on lock-down. The girls are active, engaged with each other, their parents AND the world (watching news on TV is NOT being “engaged.” Furthermore, the Obamas are aware of and adjusting for their girls demonstrating the ability to handle more responsiblity as they age. Hence the differentiation in TV and cell phone times.

    Our jobs as parents, is the PROTECT our children from the evils of the world while commensurately PREPARING them for it. It is a difficult and delicate balance to achieve; one where we must allow room for growth (and mistakes) while we try to keep them safe. One nevers truly knows if we’ve succeeded until decades later.

    Most would call someone a fool who invests DECADES of time, money, blood, sweat and tears – with no monetary gain in sight – into someone (or something) in HOPES that the investment will pay itself, NOT pay dividends.

    But that is what parenting is: Investing your heart and soul into someone else in hopes that THEY benefit in the long run. My husband and I can’t imagine our lives without our children, and we wouldn’t give it up for ANYTHING.

  8. Ken W.

    September 10, 2012 at 9:23 am

    The rules are not too restrictive but instead forged in love and given with great care. I hope more people read this without the overly suggestive headline of the article and follow the First Family’s example. The reasoning behind each rule is sound.

  9. Rhonda Miller

    September 10, 2012 at 9:34 am

    We need to can their rules and sell them. I am 60 and was involved in children’s ministry for years. I don’t do it any more because kids, today have no rules, nor boundaries, no clue of what is acceptable behavior. I had to remove myself because of the disrespect and I refused to lower my expectations because the children had no home training. Since you can’t reach out and touch them like in my day, I step aside. Hat’s Off to the President and First Lady!!!!

  10. Afrotapp

    September 10, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Seems regular to me except the reports for the trips, but we did that sometimes.

  11. Rod S.

    September 10, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Why are you worried about how they raised their kids? At least there won’t be a teen pregnancy, like Bristol Palin. Too many times, we hear about bad kids committing all kinds of crimes who DO NOT have any parental guidance– at least these girls will have good values and parenting…stop the hating…

  12. diablo

    September 10, 2012 at 10:18 am

    daam that sucks no child hood for these girls o well

    • Really??

      September 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      what kind of childhood are you speaking about, diablo? the kind where the young girls go behind the school to kiss boys? don’t you realize what a dangerous world we live in now? they are the PRESIDENT’S daughters! besides that fact, you can tell they are very well behaved children who love their parents and vice versa.
      it’s is not our business how they raise their children. i’m sure these rules were in place before they came to live in the white house.
      I believe these girls will grow up to be productive citizens in this world. Maybe MORE people should be stricter with their children and monitor their activities. There certainly would be far LESS teen pregnancies.


        September 10, 2012 at 8:59 pm


    • Vivian

      September 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      Diablo what was your childhood like and what are you doing now? I am an “old” lady who was raised with rules that has bode me well for 76 years.
      p.s. In my day, not only did parents rule, there was a community effort to protect children.

  13. D L C

    September 10, 2012 at 10:24 am

    The rules Mrs. Obama has for those young girls should pay off in the long run & especially if the rules have the important fundamentals of The Word of God to complete the molding process. Nothing can or will be done successfully w/o Jesus being the head. “Stand4JesusFall4NothingAmen”

  14. Harold Huff

    September 10, 2012 at 10:25 am

    The rules are great and the girls will no doubt be as kind and thoughtful and brilliant as their parents. The only thing I find disturbing are the race centered comments. These rules are fine regardless of the children’s racial background.


    September 10, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Do you believe the Obamas are too strict on their daughters? Why of course not. I wish other parents would take notes from this and incorporate these skill tests into their children. What I see here develops character and integrity, and that’s lacking in alot of children today.

  16. Kipper Jones

    September 10, 2012 at 10:52 am

    This is an intrusive non-issue, and NO ONE’S BUSINESS!!!

  17. D L C

    September 10, 2012 at 11:30 am

    One more comment plz, The Bush’s should of tried to ground their girls then maybe their usage & abusive involvement with alcohol & only The Lord knows what other things that wasn’t healthy nor strict would have gone on. Oh, They were too busy with Skull & Bones & The NWO to notice. Now too strict that…….AMEN!!!

  18. RaeDonna Thompson

    September 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

    This is how I’m raising my kids, except for the report on trips. Diablo I think you are mistaking giving the kids boundaries with having a childhood. One has nothing to do with the other. My kids have a childhood because I continuously have them doing something fun and so does Michelle. I am always broke because I keep trying to expose my kids to anything and everything. Even things I have never heard of or done, I’m showing my kids. I’m sure that’s not the case for Michelle, but I feel I’m growing well rounded people who can appreciate all cultures no matter what they are. And of course if they were white, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

  19. MsCLady925

    September 10, 2012 at 11:54 am

    What a waste of space on your website! Life is full of rules that we all must follow at some point in our lives. The fact that they’ve set rules for the children is merely preparation for the real world.

  20. Bettye Scott

    September 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    It is not our business whether FLObama is too strict or not. If FLObama was abusing or neglecting her children it would have been a different story. Why can`t the media let the Obamas, have some semblance of privacy, If it was not an absolute total embarassment, they would try to report when the Obamas use the bathroom.

    If he was a white president, they would not subject him to any of the ridiculous things they are putting this family through, and it`s simply because they are “BLACK”

    • Mable8

      October 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      There has been far less publicity on the Obama family than any other first family in history. The general public knows nothing about the Obama children because little is ever publicized. Where do you get of saying the media is blasting them “just because they are black”? I think you are racist just for the sake of being a racist—and you ought to be ashamed of yourself.

  21. DOCMEB

    September 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Same as the way I was raised..But iam 79 it called OLD SCHOOL…

  22. MW

    September 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Who would even ask is they are too strict. I love it. More parents need to follow their prescription. (Watch how these girls turn out.) The Clinton’s were structured as well.

  23. L.A.

    September 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    The premise of the question is a non-starter to begin with. Except that the rules are being provide by way of example and as a template for other parents, what the President and his wife require of their children misnomer ones business. That Mrs. Obama has been gracious enough to share their personal child rearing approach is testament to their confidence in and comittment to a pursuit of excellence for themselves as parents, the growth and maturation of their daughters. Any commentary beyond thanks is unnecessary.

  24. Lil D'

    September 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I’m 9 yrs. old and I think that she is just a little strict but some of the rules I agree with like the No R-Rated Movies for 11 yr olds.

  25. R Bill DFouglas

    September 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    These girls will have few in any peers at the rate at which they’re being raised!!!

    • Vivian

      September 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Then they can be positive role models as opposed to a lot of what we are seeing today..maybe they will influence some boys to be men.

  26. bgurrl

    September 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Well Lil D you are also 9 years old. You are no where near the age of having to be a responsible parent. At 9 years old you do not see the world that an adult sees. You might think this way now, but rest assured when you grow up, and have your own children you will think very differently.

    @ R Bill DFouglas that is the silliest ish I’ve ever heard. Really! I mean really! How does that stop them from having peers. And really when did peers start raising children in this society? It’s something that seriously needs to stop like single aged classrooms.

  27. srh

    September 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    If you think these rules are too strict I would bet the bank your kids are what’s wrong with America.

  28. crk

    September 10, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Amen and God bless First Lady Obama. I believe it was Frederick Douglas who said “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

  29. mmdccbslm

    September 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    whoever it is, has some goddamned nerve even questioning the Obamas as parents. mind your own goddamned business. you should be ashamed of your f—king selves.

  30. Edwina Baker

    September 10, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I knew that was coming, people just don’t understand our parenting style. Sounds like the way I raised my kids. There is nothing wrong with teaching your children decent morals respect and responsibilities. You’ll have time to be their friend when they are grown. I gave my children study packs in the summer that were due on Friday’s they could take all week or one day to complete them, but they had to finish them, and that would determine what we did over the week-end. They were straight A students in accelerated classes, they all played instruments and sang in the choir, they were involved in extracurricular activities. Computer use was in a common area, I had to know passwords. I had to know who, what, where and meet parents. Yes they had chores, I’d end up doing them my way then they were asleep, but they still had to do them. We prayed and ate meals together and we vacationed together. I feel if you don’t teach them you end up with young people with no motivation, or ones who will run your home. Parents like Mrs. Obama and I don’t play that. The kids may not understand it now, but they will when they are parents. People need to mind their own families and business most have enough problems of their own.

  31. D.C.

    September 10, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Absolutely NOT. Top achievers have to begin with tough guidelines. Losers would never understand this.

  32. Regina Ferguson

    September 11, 2012 at 7:55 am

    I was always told that I was too strict on my boys (I have 3). But when I look at them now (28, 25 & 22)…I am the proudest parent on this planet!!!!
    My sons are responsible, respectful, capable & loving men!
    Spare the rod you spoil the child. I didn’t spare it but I sure did spoil them with lots and lots of LOVE!!!!!
    So President & Mrs. Obama continue to raise YOUR daughters the way you deem fit not the world.
    As with building anything the foundation must be STRONG!

  33. justice

    September 11, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

    Excellent President and Mrs. Obama! A lot of parents today need to follow your lead.

  34. Carolyn Cooley

    September 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    The President and First Lady Obama are great for instilling such principles in their children…I have two older sons (34 & 28) and I raised them with very similar rules, having to raise them alone after their father passed when they were 14 and 7. They are just fine and very well-rounded young men….their dad was big on music…they both play music at church….keyboard (Minister of Music) and drums and bass guitar, respectively. Church first, family time (movies, trips, outings, dinners, etc., school activities and community service were part of their lives and continues to this day.

  35. maria kline

    September 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Them are her children she raise them up how she want to and say she doing a good job at!!

  36. Coach Littlejohn

    September 12, 2012 at 12:24 am

    I agree that the ” Original /First Lady& hubby should have rules and expectations for the children. What ever happen to the children must do better than the parents ? Eatting to live instead eatting to “DIE”. Friuts and veggies are natural and good for the body.The children should have jumping, jogging and bike riding in their lives. A house without structure and discipline will self-destruct, just look around. Raise the children with all the positive options and teach them to stay far away from the negative. Go Miss “Chicago” ! The westside is the best side but the “Southside is the only side. Go Bulls, Bears, Cubs,Sox,Fire, Sky, DePaul, Ill, and high school sports. The CHI#1.

  37. Kevin C. Prince

    September 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Keeping it simple. Let’s see who should be the parent who teaches and the child that learns. 1st lady 48 years old, law degree, intelligent enough to mentor young lawyer then married him(and should I say she married before she was pregnant). This young man she schooled goes on to become the first Black President of the United States. She has a very busy schedule so when she can’t be around she has the person who taught her, her mother Mrs. Robinson there as well. Malia 14, Sasha 11. No degree, no job don’t buy their own food, clothing pays no bills, totally dependent and incomplete education.

    Let’s reverse the situation and place Malia and Sasha in charge and what do you would have, the situation we find in many of the “Black Communities Today” where there’s no structures and where many of the parents fear their own children. Children do need and want structure or as my parents would say “Those children are growing up like wild weeds”. Enough said

  38. William B. Johnson,Sr.

    September 12, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I believe the Obama’s are absolutely correct in the way they have chosen to raise their girls. This country would be much better of if more parents cared enough to do the same. This idea of trying to be your child’s friend,at the expense of parenting, has csused an auful lots of pain for children and so-called parents.GO OBAMAS

  39. Calexfo

    September 13, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Excellent parenting and kudos to First Lady Michelle Obama. Her daughters will it regret the restrictions and will have successful lives.

    • Calexfo

      September 13, 2012 at 2:02 am

      Excellent parenting and kudos to First Lady Michelle Obama. Her daughters will NOT it regret the restrictions and will have successful lives in years to come.

  40. Ann G.

    September 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I agree with everyting the Presiden & the First Lady are doing. I was raised that way and so was my children. At the time, yes, I thought my parents were too strict, our children thought we were too strict. When I matured and became a woman and looked around at some of my friends, who seemed to be able to stay out all hours, go anywhere they wanted, I was damned glad my parents were strict! When our children gather for the holidays and we have those conversations, they are glad they were raised the way they were and are more than glad to tell anyone that asks them. We have 2 grandsons and their parents are raising them the way they were raised. You are NOT doing your children any favors by allowing them to tell you how they want to be raised. Just take a look around you at the crack head on the corner, the guys looking thru the bars in the prison system, the young lady with 2-3 babies and they all have different fathers. Ninety percent of these are children that raised themselves.

    • Vivian

      September 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm


  41. Miss Ada Jackson/jones

    September 17, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    The First Lady is right on target with her and the Presidents girls. Those girls will need to have know what to expected of others, and what what to expect of other people. They will not go out into the world with targets on their backs. Good Mom !!!!!!!!

  42. ana

    September 19, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Mrs.Obama is doing a terrific job with the girls. Maintain Mrs.Obama,Great Job.

  43. radiah

    September 20, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Maybe if some of these”baby mama’s” would follow this example, we would have less teen pregnancies and KILLINGS in the streets!

    • Mable8

      October 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      Maybe if the “baby daddies” would own up to their parentage and help the “baby mama’s” raise their off-spring there would be a more meaningful parenting relationship. One of the things the youngsters could learn is to use appropriate English–instead of “baby daddy” and “baby mama” the proper parental form of (1) Mother, Mom, Mama and (2)Father, Dad, Daddy would instill some respect for the child’s elders (in this case, parent).

  44. Vivian

    September 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    This as been a great discussion. It warms my heart to know there are still parents who are in charge. The question was to say the least inept hope you the poser of such non-sense learned something.

  45. fresh4614

    September 20, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Great parenting make great young adults. I was somewhat strict too but did what I needed to do as a father.

    My daughter and son both graduated from college, both have jobs with benefits, both are married, and both have a child.

    Parents need to be parents and push them kids to be somebody with futures.

  46. Ed D.

    September 28, 2012 at 11:31 am

    My wife Was an early childhood educator with a masters and working on a PHD. We raised our two girls and one boy exactly the way the Obama’s are doing.We have an “archiect/math teacher”,a Veterinarian and one with a masters in conflict resolution. SUCCESS from Bedsty.

  47. Mable8

    October 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    The rules are not restrictive at all and does show good parenting techniques, indicating that parents are in charge as opposed to the children running the household. Eventually, they will be out on their own and that is where the real test begins. Most children remain solid, law-abiding citizens after beoming adults, others not so much. Even among those that stray from the family values they have learned, some will return to the fold. Having worked in prisons, I have met inmates that were raised in good homes where good parenting techniques were the norm—it is a very sad state of affairs to see the child grow into a felon who has developed a disdain for human life. On the other hand, we have all seen a child from a poorly parented home environment who grew into a successful adult. Yes, we can provide our children with family values, a clean environment, and help them to develop good character regardless of race or ethnical backgrounds; the truth is that at some point in time, these wonderful children will eventually make up their own minds and become the adult of their choosing…which is something we cannot control.

  48. D.A. Daniels

    November 9, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Far More Important RE: POTUS Re-Elect Barack H. Obama.

    Memorandum to POTUS Re-Elect Barack H. Obama.

    TO: POTUS Barack H. Obama
    The White House – 1600 PA Avenue, N.W. – WDC

    FROM: Black Americans
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    Mr. Obama African American unemployment at 14.3% for black adults and over 40% for black youth is shameful, unacceptable, dangerous, and also undeniably the first major problem with the second being youth violence that Black America needs and expects you to urgently and effectively address.

    There is something else that must be mentioned to you in possible correlation to disproportionately high African American unemployment as a pertinent reminder and a fact that also can not and should not be ignored. The overwhelming vast majority of large employers and business owners in America are still White Americans.

    President Obama as you must or should well know already, extremely high and long term unemployment in the black community nationwide is not only devastating, but also fast breeds a host of other extremely serious and grave problems for many African American families, young adults, youth, and older citizens in every former income class across the board ranging from the formerly upper-income and middle-class to moderate and low-income. Herein we remind you of those problems.

    The serious and grave problems from extremely high and long term African American unemployment includes wiped out life savings and college tuition funds representative of rapid complete and irrevocable loss of years earned financial gains, home foreclosures, forced sale of other valuables to pay utility bills and purchase bare basic necessities, tremendous anger, depression, domestic violence, poverty, increased government spending for Food Stamp, Medicaid, and Homelessness social service programs, increases in divorce and broken families, alcohol and drug use, suicides, homicides, other crimes, re-occuring and first time jail and prison sentences, and absolutely quite full and unmitigated despair and hopelessness.

    President Obama with all due respect, Black America hereby trusts that you get the picture. We also know that a sincere congratulations to us and to you for your re-election is in order. Congratulations to you President Obama. Black America now for a second time again much hopes, looks forward to, and indeed very fully expects to see rapid emergency results of your new out-of-the-box-thinking to seriously address a powder keg of already 14.3% and steadily rising disproportionately high African American unemployment on both our and this nation’s behalf.

    Undeniably, African Americans nationwide faithfully, graciously, and overwhelmingly helped you to not only gain, but to also keep your job. Please do something bold to ensure that we are not repeatedly denied the same opportunity. Thank you.

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    Of course they are too strict, but “for everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required”. The world is watching, and the pressure is on the Obama girls. They cannot afford any missteps and mediocrity will not do. For the rest of their lives they will have unspoken and unwritten rules to follow. They need the parenting the President and First Lady are giving them. It will not be detrimental, it will only help them succeed in life.

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      I do not think the girls are pressured. When they become adults they will thank their mother every step of the way.

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    No, I do not think she is too strict. As i read her rules. I remember when i was growing my too girls. Those were my rules. I am a proud mother today.

  53. Tonya

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    So….u r questioning her rules on what grounds? Growing up I had some of the same rules, and they didn’t kill me. Don’t get mad because u r not hearing anything bad about the girls. The Obama’s r true ol’ school parents. My kids r grown and out of the house but believe me they know the question to ask when something doesn’t feel right, “What will my momma say, What will my momma do to me?” Thank God that neither of them have been n jail and they r not hanging around the wrong group of ppl. What u r taught at home carries a lot of weight when u get out into the real world. That is the problem with ppl now rise ur own kids the same way u were raised and c how they come out. The first lady is doing just that. by the looks of things she maybe raising the first female president,mess with it.

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