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PRESIDENTIAL PARENTING

This is not a political piece although it deals with how President and Mrs. Obama parent.

Everybody parents or was parented. And all parents want to do it right. So no matter how you voted or what you say when a pollster calls, I suggest you pay attention to how good the parenting is in the White House.

I noticed during the campaign that the Obamas took parenting very seriously. They protected their daughters from reporters, kept the girls on a healthy schedule, saw that there was a parent or a grandmother with them at all times.

I started keeping a file on presidential parenting done by the First Family. Lots of material (if you Google “Obama parenting” you get over 7 million entries; “Michelle Obama parenting”, over 4 million) but I will just give you the highlights.

The Obama’s have rules:

• No TV (or computers-for-fun or video games) on school nights
• Daughters have a set bedtime on school nights
• The girls are responsible for setting their own alarms and getting up on time
• First thing after school: do your home work
• After dinner finish homework and read until bedtime

Good rules, parents. Do you have them in your house? If not don’t you want to establish them so you can brag that you practice White House Parenting?

Behind the rules lie a philosophy of parenting that the Obama’s follow. They are parents who:

• ARE IN CHARGE
• VALUE EDUCATION
• HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS
• PROVIDE A HEALTHY LIFE STYLE
• NEVER MISS A PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE
• TALK WITH THEIR CHILDREN ABOUT DANGERS OF SOCIAL NETWORKING AND OTHER CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

President Obama once said, “It doesn’t matter how much money we put in education if parents don’t parent.” He’s right. Parents are the first teachers and the guardians of their child’s life at home during the school years. What parents expect, how they express these expectations, how much they value education, and how they role model responsible behavior themselves all impact on their child’s performance and future.

Practice saying out loud what President Obama said recently, “No TV during the week. Period.” That wasn’t so hard. Now do it!

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