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Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush Share Their Greatest Classes on Motherhood, Sisterhood, and Rising Up within the Highlight

“We really feel actually fortunate as a result of we grew up in a time earlier than cell telephones, and so though the individuals in our households had massive jobs, they weren’t coming dwelling from work tweeting,” Hager, who at present hosts NBC’s TODAY with Hoda & Jenna and is founding father of the Learn with Jenna ebook membership, stated. “That’s one thing that’s actually essential to us, is to attempt to present up for our youngsters in being current. Not at all times trying down, however into their eyes.” From the sisters’ perspective, unconditional love not solely requires that degree of presence, but in addition the power to let children fail. “It’s such an essential message to impart to children—enable children to make errors.”

Hager then introduced up the instance of the twins’ notorious margarita incident—again in 2001, when their dad, President George H.W. Bush, was nonetheless pretty newly put in within the White Home, Bush and Hager had gotten in bother for consuming underage at a bar in Austin. “It was silly, we had been complete idiots,” Hager defined. She and Bush debated whether or not they’d been 19 or 20, earlier than Hager joked, “I imply we are able to Google it.”

Chen wished to know if it was a spicy margarita.

“It was earlier than spicy margaritas existed! Means earlier than skinny margaritas existed!” Hager defined. “It was like, a thousand-calorie margarita in Texas, which we had been going to take pleasure in fairly deliciously, however we had been illegally consuming.” The tabloids, naturally, had a discipline day, and Hager recollects how their picture wound up on the duvet of Folks journal. “That felt shameful,” Hager added. “However we had dad and mom who had been like, ‘No, no, no, it’s okay. You’re allowed to fail.’ And thank goodness, as a result of how might we be regular, well-adjusted adults with out having the ability to make errors?”

“It’ll be a studying lesson sooner or later once you’re speaking to your 20-year-old daughter,” Chen stated. “You’ll be able to slide that classic copy of Folks journal, like ‘Mommy has a narrative to inform you.’”

“I received’t present her the image of after I needed to go to courtroom, and I wore a toe ring,” Hager stated with a deadpan tone. “No person advised me that toe rings didn’t look fancy! I believed it was an additional jewel!”