House rules help Obama family stay organized
WASHINGTON – In case you were wondering how the Obama family keeps an orderly home while juggling jobs, presidential campaign, school, gymnastics, soccer, piano, dance, drama and tennis, People magazine has delved into the matter and found an answer: house rules.
The magazine this week said it interviewed Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama and his family in their Chicago home earlier this summer and came away with seven rules that keep the family organized and happy.
1 – “No whining, arguing or annoying teasing,” says wife Michelle Obama.
2 – Make the bed. “Doesn’t have to look good-just throw the sheet over it,” she says.
3 – Set your own alarm clock. “They get themselves up, get their own clothes,” says Sasha and Malia’s grandmother Marian Robinson. “They’re very easy to take care of; there’s not much left for me to do!”
4 – Keep playroom toy closet clean.
5 – Allowance from dad for doing chores: $1 per week.
6 – No birthday or Christmas presents from mom and dad, who spend “hundreds” on birthday slumber parties and, as Barack puts it, “want to teach some limits.” Says Michelle: “Malia says, ‘I know there is a Santa because there’s no way you’d buy me all that stuff.'”
7 – Lights out at 8:30. “They got an extra half hour when they were ready to read on their own,” says Michelle.
Photo credit: Reuters/John Gress (Obama with wife Michelle, elder daughter Malia and younger daughter Sasha at an election rally May 20)