Jill Biden talks teaching as first lady, managing her big family
WASHINGTON — Jill Biden says she had no doubts she could continue teaching as first lady and overcame doubts she could do both jobs by instructing her staff to “figure it out.”
In a new interview in the September issue of Real Simple magazine, the first lady explains how she uses Post-it notes to manage her large family, and offers marriage advice to newlyweds hoping for 45 years of marriage. Celebrate yourself like Joe Biden and President Joe Biden. On June 17
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“I think people were a little skeptical. Could I really do it because I was the first one to try it?” “But I knew I wanted to teach,” she said.
“This is what I want to do,” he said he told his staff. We have to figure it out.
Biden continues to teach English and writing at Northern Virginia Community College, where she taught during the eight years her husband was vice president. Her staff at the time also doubted that she would be able to teach and serve as second lady, but she succeeded.
“I knew I could do both. … I saw it work then, and I knew we could figure out how to do it now.
Biden doesn’t like to use “warfare” or “balance” to describe how he carries out his responsibilities.
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“You can’t do anything by accident,” he said. You need to have a purpose while doing it and it needs to be organized. That’s the key to it.”
To that end, she relies on Post-it notes to manage her family meetings and save herself from explaining things over and over again. She tapes instructions like “Fill glasses with ice” or “Light candles” to her kitchen cabinets so that visiting family immediately know how to help.
“Everything is set up so that when someone comes in, they can do what they want,” he said.
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The first lady also uses Post-it notes to communicate with the president.
“If I want to get a message for Joe, I put it on his mirror,” he said. “I miss you” or “I hope whatever you’re working on” is fine.
He said that it took a lot of effort for him and the president to reach 45 years of marriage. Both were previously married.
Joe Biden, 79, lost his first wife and infant daughter just before Christmas 1972 when the car he was driving collided with a truck in Delaware. His two young sons were seriously injured. 71-year-old Jill Biden divorced her first wife.
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“You have to work in any relationship, especially a marriage. It’s not always 50/50.” “Sometimes you lean on him, sometimes he leans on you,” he said. Sometimes he’s super busy and I have to pick up a lot of it or vice versa.
“The goal is that we’re not in the same place at the same time, so we can count on each other if we need to,” he added.