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Obama talks fatherhood, shares empty nest tips with Al Roker

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In an exclusive interview with former President Obama, TODAY’s Al Roker spoke with him about his upcoming Netflix series, “Our Great National Parks,” and asked for tips on dealing with empty nest syndrome. “Our job as parents is to teach our kids not to need us,” adding, “it hurts but when you see them as accomplished, confident, kind, thoughtful, responsible people, then you know you’ve done your job,” Obama says.

Obama gives Al tips about sending son Nick off to college: 'You can't let him see you cry'