Michelle Obama opens up to Jennifer Garner about parenting

Alice Howarth
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Photo credit: Handout - Getty Images
Photo credit: Handout - Getty Images

Michelle Obama has talked about her parenting style in a candid chat with actress Jennifer Garner on an Instagram live. The former First Lady is mother to 22-year-old Malia and 19-year-old Sasha and revealed they don’t always listen to her and Barack.

Michelle chatted to Jennifer about her new film, Yes Day, which follows the life of a mother who has to say 'yes' to all of her children’s demands for a day and admitted the concept terrifies her.

'It scares me, the possibility of living like that with my kids,' said Michelle.

Photo credit: Scott Olson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Scott Olson - Getty Images

'You’re not supposed to have yes day every day!' replied Jennifer, however the mum-of-three did reveal she’s been having Yes Days for the last nine years.

When asked by Michelle if she has to endure a Yes Day once a year, once a week or once a month, Jennifer joked exasperatedly, 'Oh gosh, once a month, oh my gosh, once a week, bite your tongue, Mrs. Obama'.

'I do Yes Day usually at the end of the summer when I’ve run out of anything fun to do,' she explained, to which Michelle revealed she has an alternative approach.

'Me and Barack would do the opposite of Yes Day, where our kids would have to do everything we want them to do.

'Because now my kids are grown and they say no to us. And we are like "Can we? Can we be your friend? Can we talk to you?," and they’re like “no, busy, bye”.'

'So, I think we are going to do a reverse es day, with our kids having to spend time with us, listen to us and eat what we want to eat.'

'Absolutely,' Jennifer agreed. 'You deserve a Yes Day'.

You can watch the full chat below:

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