Plenty of parents were wondering how to comfort and empower kids to move forward after the election 鈥 along with being concerned about vital women鈥檚 issues, protesting and facing seriously scary incidents sparked by Trump鈥檚 win 鈥 and one particular parent had some revealing and inspiring words for his daughters. We鈥檙e talking about President Obama and what he told 18-year-old Malia and 15-year-old Sasha about the election.

鈥淲hat I say to them is that people are complicated,鈥 Obama said to the New Yorker. 鈥淪ocieties and cultures are really complicated鈥 This is not mathematics; this is biology and chemistry. These are living organisms, and it鈥檚 messy.鈥 So very true. So very messy.

But he added, 鈥淸Y]our job as a citizen and as a decent human being is to constantly affirm and lift up and fight for treating people with kindness and respect and understanding. And you should anticipate that at any given moment there鈥檚 going to be flare-ups of bigotry that you may have to confront, or may be inside you and you have to vanquish. And it doesn鈥檛 stop鈥 You don鈥檛 get into a fetal position about it. You don鈥檛 start worrying about apocalypse. You say, OK, where are the places where I can push to keep it moving forward.鈥

Wise words for us all. Let鈥檚 keep moving forward!

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(h/t Elle)