First Lady Michelle Obama on Raising Healthy Kids
Parenting's Editorial Director sits down with the First Lady Michelle Obama for a once-in-a-lifetime interview. Plus, watch the First Lady answer questions from kids about healthy eating!
April 26, 3:02 p.m.
The First Lady finally sits down for an interview in the old family dining room on the second floor of the White House. She's eager to discuss the child-obesity epidemic and Let's Move. I bring up my own childhood: It was many wonderful things, but healthy was not one of them. When asked about her own upbringing, she tells me about her mom's kitchen prowess. “She cooked almost every night, and she sort of followed the traditional plan of having a meat, a starch, and a vegetable,” says Mrs. Obama. “We couldn't afford to go out, so we had fast food maybe once a week. We used to get pizza on report-card day as a reward, and that was like once a quarter! There were things that I don't think they were intentionally doing [like sitting around the dinner table], but looking back, it's where we're trying to get parents and families today.”
Ah, yes, the “family table” thing. Research shows that kids are smarter, more secure, do better in school, and a host of other things if they sit down at the dinner table on a regular basis. This is a challenge for any modern family, especially single moms like myself. We're the same folks who hesitate to let our kids play outside for fear of predators, speeding cars, killer mosquitoes…