Michelle Obama Uses Mom Dancing As a Parenting Tool

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 21:  (AFP OUT) U.S. first lady Michelle Obama greets kids after reading a the story My Garden during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 21, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted thousands of people during the annual celebration of Easter. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 21: (AFP OUT) U.S. first lady Michelle Obama greets kids after reading a the story My Garden during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 21, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted thousands of people during the annual celebration of Easter. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images) Photo: Olivier Douliery/Getty Images

In an Easter interview with the Michael Strahan half of Live With Kelly and Michael, our nation's premier mom dancer, Michelle Obama, explains that mom-dancing can be used for good, evil, and leverage with grumpy teens: 

Barack and I are like any parents — we love to embarrass them. We’re like: I’m going to dance. If they look a little uninvolved in an event, I’ll just lean over and be like, If you don’t smile, I’m going to start dancing. I’m gonna start dancing. [Daughter responses:] No Mom please whatever you do, just don’t move! And Barack is like, I’m gonna sing! I’m gonna start singing. Here I go, here I go!

A hearty cheer for this parental feat: not only lightly embarrassing offspring, but turning the fact of embarrassment into a delightful anecdote! And the swooping sonic wave of mooOOooOmmm echos across the nation.