No Escaping Chores for First Daughters

Obamas seek as normal a life as possible for kids
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 22, 2009 8:33 AM CST
President Barack Obama walks with Malia, first lady Michelle Obama, and Sasha upon their arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland last week.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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(Newser) – For the Obamas, raising their daughters without “an attitude” is a priority—but it’s a tough job when the family has its own movie theater, full-time chefs, and trail of paparazzi, the New York Times notes. The key is a firm hand giving the kids as normal a life as possible, according to Michelle Obama. “Don’t make their beds. They have to learn these things,” she has ordered the staff.

Bedtime remains at 8pm. Malia and Sasha clean their own rooms, and they’ll have to scoop the poop of their forthcoming dog. Michelle was raised in a highly structured home, and the president’s experience growing up without a father has helped drive him to be more involved in his daughters’ lives. So far, things are working, said a friend to the first family. “They don’t act entitled. They just seem like kids.”