Former US President Barack Obama has reflected on his approach to fatherhood in his new book ‘A promised land’.
In an Instagram post, Obama says that a large part of his approach to parenthood was informed by his own ‘absent’ father.
“The fact that my own father was largely absent from my childhood helped shape my ideas about the kind of father I intended to be,” he wrote, alongside a throwback photo of his family.
“When Malia was born, I made a promise to myself that my kids would know me, that they’d grow up feeling my love keenly and consistently, knowing that I’d always put them first.”
As a dedicated dad, he said he made time for his First Daughters even while leading the US through eight years of highs and lows.
“While serving as President, I made sure to have dinner with Michelle, Sasha, and Malia every evening by 6:30.
“We’d eat some good meals and catch up on our days. That was one of the best parts of living above the store, as I sometimes called it.”
His daughters were just 10 and 7 when he took office, and over their eight years in the White House, the girls grew from children into young women.
Now Malia, 22, is attending Harvard University while Sasha, 19, is studying at the University of Chicago.
“Seeing them grow up into the intelligent, strong, and compassionate young women they’ve become has been the greatest joy of my life,” Barack continued.
“I’m reminded constantly that there’s no place in the world I’d rather be than with Miche and our girls—and it’s why I’ve dedicated my memoir to them.”
Barack Obama dedicated his memoir to his wife Michelle and daughters.