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Michelle Obama fears empty nest syndrome

Published 02/05/2015

Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama thinks her daughters are preparing her and Barack for “empty nest syndrome”.

America’s First Lady has two daughters with the President, Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13. But in a new interview, the 51-year-old admitted that her girls are changing now that they are approaching college age.

“We're the last people our kids want to be with," she told Entertainment Tonight. "I think they're conditioning us for that empty nest syndrome, but we're not relishing that at all. We don't know what we're going to do. I got to get him some more hobbies."

The couple will clearly miss their daughters when the time comes for them to head off to school. One of the main reasons seems to be that both parents relish the chance to make their girls cringe as much as possible.

“I threaten them that I'm going to buy an apartment near their campus and visit and sit in their classes, but that's an idle threat," she added. "Barack and I take great joy in embarrassing our children. We threaten them. Sometimes when you see me whispering to them in a crowd I'm saying, 'Sit up or I'm going to embarrass you. I'm going to start dancing,' and it's 'No, mom. Please don't. Stop!' But we get that. Our kids are as humiliated by us as the next. They take it in good stride."

Aside from their cringeworthy moments, both Michelle and Barack have done their best to instill strong values into the children.

“I've spent their lives raising them to be independent, confident young women who are ready to build great lives for themselves, and education has always been at the foundation of the messages we have in our household," she smiled. "Even though Barack and I didn't have the resources, college was a part of that independence."

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