Along with millions of families across the U.S., former first lady Michelle Obama recently told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres that her loved ones are spending plenty of time together during the global outbreak of COVID-19.
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She said her two daughters and husband, former President Barack Obama, have been at home following guidelines meant to limit the spread of the virus, sharing some of the things she has come to realize as a result.
“We can do with a lot less,” Obama said. “And I think that’s an important lesson that I want my kids to understand. Be grateful for what you have and be ready to share it when the time comes, because that’s really what it’s all about.”
Though she acknowledged the family was “worried” about the health crisis and associated economic downturn, she said that “we’re just happy that we’re together and everybody is healthy and safe” while isolated from the rest of the community.
“Who cares about the other stuff?” she added.
As for advice about making the most of this time, Obama said her family has been “trying to keep a routine going,” which includes having “real conversations” with each other.
She also credited Netflix for providing another form of diversion.