Like most parents, the Obamas were “emotional” when dropping off their youngest daughter at college.
“It was of course a little emotional to drop Sasha off at college,” the former first lady told People about the day she and former president Barack Obama brought their 18-year-old to her first day of higher education.
Unlike most parents, they were the first family, so it was important for mom to make Sasha “feel as normal as possible, given our family’s circumstances,” Mrs. Obama told People.
Now empty-nesters, the Obamas are getting used to both of their girls leading young adult lives outside of the home.
“It’s an adjustment to see each other for a weekend here, a holiday break there, but the moments we do spend together feel extra special because of it,” she told People.
“We were there, just like most parents, helping her unpack and make her dorm room feel like home,” she told People.
“But by and large, we let her take care of herself,” she said. “As a parent, one of the most important things we can give our children is the freedom to find their own way in the world.”