Hillary Clinton to Dax Shepard: Raising Daughters Is a Constant Balancing Act

Hillary Clinton sat down with Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert podcast to chat about parenting, politics, and balancing it all. The former Secretary of State and presidential candidate candidly told the host that parenting is the “hardest job” she’s ever had.

“You want, obviously, the best, but you also want to try to be aware enough so that you don’t make what you think were mistakes made with you, right? We all do it, though, there’s no escaping from it. We are the products of our own parents’ efforts to raise us,” said Hillary.

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Hillary Clinton Says Parenting Is The Hardest Job She’s Ever Had

The former First Lady described her own upbringing, describing her father as offering “tough love” and her mother being “incredibly focused on education and on supporting me to be independent and outspoken.”

“The combination of the two of them really worked. And I think that’s another way of thinking about it. You know, the combination of you and their mom, brings different experiences, and aspirations for them, and kind of together it all works,” Hillary Clinton explained.

When it comes to parenting her grown daughter Chelsea, Hillary says she is trying her best to strike a good balance.

“Not imposing on her what I wanted her to become, but trying the best I could to enable her to become whoever she was going to be. You know, it’s hard. I mean, it’s the hardest job I ever had.”

“It’s a constant balancing act. But that’s part of the joy as well as the challenge of being a parent. With a 5 and a 7-year-old girl in your house, you know, it’s going to get more complicated. I hate to tell you that,” shared Hillary. “It’s going to get more complicated. I actually think raising kids today in some ways is a lot harder than it was for my parents raising us.”

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