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First Lady dishes on back-to-school preparations

Think living in the White House excludes you from having the back-to-school jitters?First Lady Michelle Obama confirms that it doesn’t.As guest editor this week of iVillage.com’s Rev Up Your Back-to-School Routine series, Obama dishes on helping daughter Malia get over her nervousness of starting high school to making sure Sasha isn’t overscheduled with activities to being strict about TV

Think living in the White House excludes you from having the back-to-school jitters?

First Lady Michelle Obama confirms that it doesn’t.

As guest editor this week of iVillage.com’s Rev Up Your Back-to-School Routine series, Obama dishes on helping daughter Malia get over her nervousness of starting high school to making sure Sasha isn’t overscheduled with activities to being strict about TV viewing and having “the talk” with her daughters.

Kelly Wallace, chief correspondent at iVillage, discussed her intimate interview with the First Lady on TODAY this morning.

“She comes in, takes her shoes off and put her legs under her tush,” said Wallace. “She said she wanted [the discussion] to be ‘mom to mom.’”

Obama, like many moms, says she continually asks herself the million dollar question: “Am I doing right by my kids?”

“I just keep saying, I hope I’m doing it right," Obama said. "What I have come to learn is what’s best for one kid won’t work for the other one. And that’s the doggone thing about it."

With daughter Malia starting ninth grade, Obama says she’s had “all the talks” with her, discussing everything from drugs and sex to smoking and body image.

The Obamas are strict about how much TV their kids get to watch at the White House – no TV is allowed during the school week. And when the girls do watch shows, they are usually DVR’d -- that way the girls can avoid all the negative political ads that come in an election season.

The First Lady also has to pick her battles when it comes to her kids’ after school activities.

When Malia said she didn’t want to pursue tennis, Obama insisted she stick with it because of the value of playing an individual sport. She says she told Malia that “half of being an adult is getting through stuff that’s hard that you don’t want to do. The stuff that you want to do is easy. “

Malia ended up enjoying tennis so much that she played for her middle school team and is trying out for her high school team.

With Sasha, who is entering sixth grade, Obama says she learned a lesson about overscheduling.

Obama told iVillage:

"We don't always get it right… I mean, with Sasha, she was overscheduled last year because she had piano, then we threw in swimming, and she had Tae Kwon Do, and she was playing basketball and soccer. It got to be too much, and she was melting down. And I had to step back and say, okay, she can't do all this; this is not possible. And we just started taking stuff off."

Says Obama: “Sometimes you have to make the hard call for them, because they want to do it all. It’s not easy.”

See more of iVillage.com's Rev Up Your Back-to-School Routine series with guest editor First Lady Michelle Obama every day this week.

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