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    Michelle Obama Explained Why She Treated Malia And Sasha Differently When They Returned Home During The Pandemic

    "This time has allowed us to get some stolen moments back with our girls."

    When the coronavirus pandemic hit last year, life changed for everyone — even the Obama family.

    Michelle and Barack Obama stand, with Barack's arm around Michelle's waist, and wave at an audience

    In a moment when Barack and Michelle had just become empty nesters, suddenly their college-age daughters, Malia and Sasha, were sent home to attend classes online when their campuses shut down.

    In a candid new interview with People magazine, Michelle explained how their family dynamic changed with everyone living under the same roof once again.

    “Our girls were supposed to have emptied out of my nest. I was sort of celebrating that they were out building their lives and allowing me the emotional space to let them go," Michelle explained.

    But the experience has been a positive one, allowing both parents to reclaim "stolen moments" with their daughters.

    Michelle added that her relationship with Malia and Sasha changed once they were back in the house because she wanted to treat them like "young women" and didn't want them to "miss out on independence."

    She says she also appreciated getting to see a new side of her daughters in the classroom, which parents typically miss out on while children are away.

    As for the family's future plans? Michelle says she's been telling her daughters that she's "moving toward retirement."

    So while Michelle and Barack haven't been able to take advantage of the empty nest experience just yet, it sounds as if they're making the most of their time with their daughters!