Parenting Guide

Inspiration from the White House for Adults & Kids Alike

Published by SchoolAdvisor | Mar 08, 2021

As we welcome the month of women on International Women’s Day, March 8, we reflect on the inspiring women who have changed the world through their words and actions. For centuries, we have witnessed women like Jane Austen, Simone de Beauvoir and many others fight for women’s rights beyond the domestic sphere.

Despite being a dutiful mother and a wife, these women show up to fulfill their responsibilities at work for the advancement in society. They have taken on leadership roles to make an impact to those around them.

Michelle Obama, a very well-known female icon, has made remarkable contributions especially to children. An excellent student in school, Michelle inspires children around the world today to live up to their full potential in and outside of the school environment.

Becoming, a memoir that was published in 2018 became a worldwide bestseller as it is written by the former First Lady of the United States of America. This memoir dives into the life of this woman who has made phenomenal changes with the power and influence that she has.

Michelle Obama

Becoming chronicles the journey of Michelle Obama from when she was an aspiring little girl who grew up in the South Side of Chicago to balancing her life as a mother and associate at a law firm to becoming the first African American First Lady and building a family in the White House.

Michelle has been very vocal about her advocacy towards children. Thus, it is no surprise that she decided to publish a Young Readers edition of her memoir for children ages 10 and above, which is available from March 2. This edition which is geared towards young children features three coloured photo inserts and a special introduction for kids, written by the author herself.

Michelle posted a video to mark the release of the Young Readers edition, accompanied by some important messages for children out there. "It is okay not to know who you are or exactly what you want to be or do right now," she said, which was followed by "It's not like you wake up one day and you are who you were intended to be and that is that. It is a process ... You never stop becoming."

During her White House years, she has helped to change the mindset of the younger generation through her Let’s Move! initiative. This initiative aims to inform children about lifestyle choices such as the importance of eating healthy and exercising in order to fight against childhood obesity in America.

She planted the White House Kitchen Garden— a vegetable and fruit garden, on the South Lawn in 2009, a year after she became the First Lady and invited children to grow the garden with her.

After launching the memoir for young readers, Michelle will be releasing a series on Netflix for her young audience.

“In many ways, this show is an extension of my work to support children’s health as First Lady— and to be quite honest, I wish a program like this had been around when my girls were young,” she wrote in her Instagram post as she announced the launch of this new children’s show on Netflix, called Waffles + Mochi that will be aired on March 16, 2021. 

Waffles Mochi

In this series, the two puppets who dream of becoming chefs are hired by a supermarket owner, played by Michelle Obama. Waffles and Mochi will be going on an exciting adventure where they travel around the world, from Savannah to San Francisco and Seoul to learn about food and its culture.

Children can also expect appearances from Stranger Things stars, such as Jack Black, Zach Galifianakis, Gaten Matarazzo and many more who will certainly double the fun of the cooking show.

The former First Lady of the United States of America understands the importance of educating the children about healthy life choices, thus hoping to get the message across through this new cooking show that she also produced with her husband, Barack Obama.

While kids get to learn about food in an entertaining way, adults can also discover some cooking tips from the First Lady herself, or maybe even get inspired to develop new hobbies and cook together as a family? 

Watch the trailer of Waffles + Mochi here: