“This time has allowed us to get some stolen moments back with our girls. Those recaptured moments have meant the world to us, and I think they’ve made our relationships with our children even stronger,” she said.
Michelle added that her relationship with Malia and Sasha changed once they were back in the same house and that she wanted to treat them like “young women”, rather than see them “miss out on independence.”
“There’s something about witnessing your children become adults and developing a different relationship with them. They didn’t come back into the house into the same set of rules, because I didn’t want them to miss out on independence. They came back as young women, and our conversations are more peer-oriented than they are mother-to-daughter.”
Michelle revealed that she’s enjoying the opportunity to see a new side of her daughters in the classroom, since they have continued their studies at home. “With everybody homeschooling, what’s interesting for me is to listen in on some of their classes to hear how they interact with their professors. When your kids are off in college, you don’t get to see that part of them,” said Michelle.
As for what Michelle is looking to do in the future, she told the publication she’s inching closer to retirement. “I’ve been telling my daughters I’m moving toward retirement right now, [selectively] picking projects and chasing summer. Barack and I never want to experience winter again. We’re building the foundation for somebody else to continue the work so we can retire and be with each other - and Barack can golf too much, and I can tease him about golfing too much because he’s got nothing else to do,” she explained.