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

“What I say to them is that people are complicated,” Obama said to the New Yorker. “Societies and cultures are really complicated… This is not mathematics; this is biology and chemistry. These are living organisms, and it’s messy.” So very true. So very messy.

But he added, “[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’s 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’t stop… You don’t get into a fetal position about it. You don’t start worrying about apocalypse. You say, OK, where are the places where I can push to keep it moving forward.”

Wise words for us all. Let’s keep moving forward!

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(h/t Elle)