Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez have shared what motherhood has been like for them during the pandemic.
Coming together for an Instagram Live chat to discuss the importance of voting in the upcoming US election, the two powerhouse women bonded over homeschooling their children.
Lopez explained her 12-year-old twins, Emme and Maximilian, have been remote learning during the health crisis – the reality for millions of families globally.
“The minute it feels really safe to go back I’m going to send them back,” she said. “They miss their friends (and) they want to be there, but right now I feel it’s a little safer to keep them home.”
While the former first lady agreed, she added it’s been a blessing to have her two daughters, Malia and Sasha, stay at home.
“They were itching to get back, but things are just confusing and not quite safe,” Obama said. “I’m just glad they’re staying put even if they’re sick of me.”
The actress, who has spent much of her successful career travelling, said being closer to her children was one of the few silver linings of 2020.
“It’s been the best thing to be able to have so much time with them and not be travelling as much as I always do, that’s been a blessing in disguise,” Lopez told Obama. “We’ve gotten to know each other in a different way even than we ever have.
“This time, because everything slowed down so much, we became even more of a family than we were before. It’s been a really beautiful thing.”
The duo believes their most important role as mothers is to positively shape the future for their children.
It’s their shared adoration towards motherhood that prompted the influential women to encourage people to vote in the US election during the IG Live chat.
“Democracy continues even if we’re frustrated,” Obama said. “There will be one of two people who will be elected in this election and there is a clear choice and if we don’t cast our voice and if we don’t make our voices heard, somebody else will. The stakes in this election are just too high.
“Whoever is in office is going to have an impact on this generation and our children.”
As champions for women, Lopez – who was sporting a black knit jumper emblazoned with ‘She Who Dares Wins’ – added that people have the power to do amazing things.
“The truth is we all do make a difference,” she said. “You have to take the chance. You can’t ever be put back because you think you won’t make a difference or the little thing you do doesn’t matter. It absolutely does.”
Celebrating the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s incredible triumphs for equality, Obama remembered the trailblazing associate justice of the Supreme Court of the US.
“Barack and I were privileged to call her our friend,” the former first lady said. “To think about how far she had to come, how hard she fought to make sure we had the rights we deserve to protect our interest as women, to protect our rights to control our bodies – that is the legacy.
“We have lost a true champion and it hurts but it also really amplifies why everyone … (must) make their vote and voice heard.”
“You have to get out there and do the work,” Lopez added. “You can’t wait around for somebody else to make it good for you, you have to do your part.”
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