Obama's parenting advice: 'Give kids unconditional love, some rules'
US President Barack Obama, dad to two teenage girls, has some simple advice for raising kids. "You give them unconditional love, and then you give them some structure and some rules, and they usually turn out really, really well," he said in an interview that aired on CNN today.
Obama said he and his wife Michelle were big believers in giving their daughters Malia, now 16, and Sasha, 13, chores. "As soon as they can understand words, you start giving them some assignments," he said.
"Bath. Eat your peas, pick up the toys off the floor. By the time they're 16, they turn out pretty good, although they don't always give you as much time with them as you want," he said.
Last week the US President and the First Lady Michelle Obama said they both wanted their daughters to work minimum-wage, as they both did before they got law degrees, saying it is a character-building experience they want their teenage daughters to share.
The president scooped ice cream at Baskin-Robbins, waited tables at an assisted-living facility for seniors and also worked as a painter. The first lady worked at a book binding shop.
"I think every kid needs to get a taste of what it's like to do that real hard work," Michelle Obama said in an interview with Parade magazine.
"We are looking for opportunities for them to feel as if going to work and getting a paycheck is not always fun, not always stimulating, not always fair," the president said. "But that's what most folks go through every single day."