Jenna Bush Hager, 41, admits she ‘doesn’t care’ if her three children are smart or go to good schools – as she reveals one main priority as a parent
While many parents may go to great lengths to ensure that their children attend a good school, Jenna Bush Hager has revealed that she is much more concerned about her three children being inherited a certain trait.
The 41-year-old presenter shares three children with husband Henry Chase Hager, 45: daughters Mila, 10, and Poppy, eight, and son Hal, four.
Bush Hager gave a candid insight into her parenting style on Wednesday’s episode of Today With Hoda and Jenna, admitting that her main focus is making sure her kids are “nice.”
“I spend almost all of my parenting time raising kind kids,” she said while discussing the topic of “cool women” with Hoda Kotb.
Jenna Bush Hager gave a candid insight into her parenting style on Wednesday’s episode of Today With Hoda and Jenna
The presenter, mother of daughters Mila, 10, and Poppy, eight, and son Hal, four, wants to make sure her kids are ‘nice’
“All the other things don’t interest me. I don’t care that they are smart and awesome, but I don’t care that they are number one in their class or go to good schools.
“I just want them to be nice kids.”
Co-star Hoda agreed with her colleague, noting, “Yeah, that’s the point.”
“Coldness also just comes,” Bush Hager added.
In her early years, Bush Hager and her twin sister Barbara attended Preston Hollow Elementary School and then Hockaday School, an all-girls private school, while living in Dallas.
In 1994, after her father, George W. Bush, was elected governor of Texas and the family moved to Austin, Texas. She enrolled at the private St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, which currently has a tuition fee of $28,482 per year for kindergarten through fourth grade, and $32,298 per year for grades five through eight.
Jenna then moved to Austin High School, where she attended until graduating in 2000.
After leaving school and her father’s assent to the presidency of the United States, Bush Hager attended the University of Texas, majoring in English, and took summer classes at New York University.
She graduated from the University of Texas in 2004.
Bush Hager, pictured with her father, former U.S. President George W. Bush in 2001, was a college graduate, graduating from the University of Texas in 2004
Bush Hager previously promised her little ones “will never again be invited” to the Today show after her daughter Mila revealed live on air that she once wet her pants.
Speaking on the program in June after taking her two daughters to Today Plaza at Rockefeller Center so they could attend Ed Sheeran’s outdoor concert, the mother-of-three said, “They’re not here because they’ll never be invited.” again on this show.
‘Cause they just love getting secrets out of you. They can come and watch the concert, but they are nowhere near microphones.’
In December, Bush’s eldest daughter Hager was invited for a chat, but she soon began dropping truth bombs.
Bush Hager and her husband Henry Chase Hager are unaffected by their children’s education
The mom-of-three has revealed that all three of her kids are ‘smart’, but it doesn’t matter if they’re top of the class or not
Bush Hager’s oldest daughter Mila, pictured right, revealed live on air that Bush Hager once peed her pants
“One time she was laughing in our living room and peed her pants,” Mila announced, to the embarrassment of Bush Hager. “You changed your pajamas!”
“Thank you, Mila,” Bush Hager replied sarcastically. ‘Thank you so much.’
Mila then started talking about how her mother cried at the end of movies, saying there was “a lot of crying” after they watched Charlotte’s Web.
Despite being betrayed by her eldest with a series of “truth bombs,” Bush Hager had a heartwarming reunion with Mila following her three-week stay away from home in a sleepover camp last month.
Mila spent her third summer at Camp Longhorn in the Texas Hill Country — the same camp the former first daughter went to as a child — and jumped into her mom’s arms when they were reunited.
“It was so happy,” she said recalling the sweet moment on Today, joking that “it’s worth sending your kids to camp so you can get them back.”
“She’s probably one of the few kids from the Northeast. They are many Texans. It’s very hot, there’s no air conditioning, but she loves it,” Bush Hager explained. “It’s so nice to go to her and feel that independence. A sleeping camp is a right of way.’