Meghan Markle scored some serious parenting advice during her stint as guest editor for British Vogue’s September issue. The new mama spoke with none other than former FLOTUS Michelle Obama about parenting during their interview for the issue’s Forces For Change section.

So what did Mrs. Obama have to say? According to the interview, the mother to two now-young adults talked about parenting, control and letting go.

The former first lady told Markle, “Being a mother has been a masterclass in letting go. Try as we might, there’s only so much we can control.” She went on to add, “As mothers, we just don’t want anything or anyone to hurt our babies. But life has other plans. Bruised knees, bumpy roads and broken hearts are part of the deal.”

Obama continued, talking candidly to Markle about lessons learned through parenting, “Motherhood has taught me that, most of the time, my job is to give them the space to explore and develop into the people they want to be. Not who I want them to be or who I wish I was at that age, but who they are, deep inside.”

She continued, “Motherhood has also taught me that my job is not to bulldoze a path for them in an effort to eliminate all possible adversity. But instead, I need to be a safe and consistent place for them to land when they inevitably fail; and to show them, again and again, how to get up on their own.”

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: Michelle Obama via Instagram

 

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