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Michele Obama Makes Herself a Priority For Her Family

In the November issue of Prevention magazine, First Lady Michele Obama shares her take on motherhood and happiness, noting that her family and health benefit from her good moods. She says:

  • On learning "what not to do" from her mother, Marian Robinson:
    "She'd say being a good mother isn't all about sacrificing. It's really investing and putting yourself higher on your priority list."
  • On making the right choices:
    "Throughout my life, I've learned to make choices that make me happy and make sense for me. Even my husband is happier when I'm happy. So I have freed myself to put me on the priority list and say, yes, I can make choices that make me happy, and it will ripple and benefit my kids, my husband and my physical health. That's hard for women to own. We're not taught to do that. It's a lesson that I want to teach my girls."
  • On her definition of happiness:
    It's when daughters Malia, 11, and Sasha, 8, "are good and when my family is whole. My happiness is measured against theirs. When they're in a good place, I feel really good."

It's nice to see her attitude toward parenting and happiness is so positive, and that she makes an effort to put herself at the top of her list. Are you able to do the same?

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