Chicago — When the Obama daughters were sent home for remote learning last year when COVID-19 shut down college campuses, former First Lady Michelle Obama said having her daughters back home changed their relationship.
“Our girls were supposed to have emptied out of my nest,” Obama said of 22-year-old Malia and 19-year-old Sasha, according to People. “I was sort of celebrating that they were out building their lives and allowing me the emotional space to let them go. Well, they're back!”
Obama said having Malia, a senior at Harvard University, and Sasha, a sophomore at the University of Michigan, back home allowed her and the former president to get some precious time back with their daughters.
“There's something about witnessing your children become adults and developing a different relationship with them,” she said, according to People. “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.”