Jenna Bush Hager’s ONE concern when it comes to raising her kids

While many parents might be hellbent on making sure their children get into a good school, Jenna Bush Hager has revealed she’s far more concerned that her three kids are instilled with a particular characteristic.

The 41-year-old presenter shares three children with her husband Henry Chase Hager, 45: daughters Mila, 10, and Poppy, eight, and son Hal, four.

Giving a candid insight into her parenting style on Wednesday’s episode of Today With Hoda and Jenna, Bush Hager admitted that her main focus is ensuring that her kids are ‘kind’.

‘I spend almost all my time in parenting trying to raise kind kids,’ she said, as she discussed 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, who is mom to daughters Mila, 10, and Poppy, eight, and son Hal, four, wants to make sure her kids are 'kind'

‘I don’t care about any of the other stuff. I don’t care about the… they are smart, great, but I don’t care that they are number one in their class or go to good schools.

‘I just want them to be the type of kids that are kind.’

Agreeing with her colleague, co-star Hoda remarked: ‘Yes, that’s the thing.’

‘Coolness just comes too,’ Bush Hager added.

In her formative years, Bush Hager and her twin sister Barbara attended Preston Hollow Elementary School and then The Hockaday School, a private girl’s college-prep 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 tuition 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, which she attended until her graduation, in 2000.

Following her school years and her dad’s assent to President 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 dad, the former US President George W Bush in 2001, received a college education and graduated from the University of Texas in 2004

Bush Hager previously vowed that her little ones will ‘never be invited’ on the Today show again after her daughter Mila revealed live on air that she had once peed her pants.

Speaking on the program in June after she had brought her two daughters to the Today Plaza in Rockefeller Center so they could attend Ed Sheeran’s outdoor concert, the mom-of-three said: ‘They’re not here because they’ll never be invited on this show again.

‘Because they just like to get secrets out of you. They’re allowed to come and watch the concert, but they’re nowhere close to microphones.’

In December, Bush Hager’s oldest daughter was invited onto the show for a quick chat – but quickly began dropping truth bombs.

Bush Hager and her husband Henry Chase Hager aren't bothered by their kids' education

The mom-of-three did reveal that all three of her children are 'smart' - but doesn't care if they are top of the class or not

Bush Hager's oldest daughter Mila, pictured right, revealed live on air that Bush Hager had once peed her pants

‘One time she was laughing in our living room and she peed her pants,’ Mila announced to Bush Hager’s embarrassment. ‘You changed your pajamas!’

‘Thank you, Mila,’ Bush Hager replied sarcastically. ‘Thank you so much.’

Mila then started talking about how her mom cries at the end of movies, saying there was ‘a lot of crying’ after they watched Charlotte’s Web.

Despite being betrayed with a string of ‘truth bombs’ by her oldest, Bush Hager had a heartwarming reunion with Mila after her three-week stint away from home at sleepaway camp last month.

Mila spent her third summer at Camp Longhorn in the Texas Hill Country — the same camp that the former first daughter attended as a child – and leapt into her mom’s arms as they reunited.

‘It was so happy,’ she said as she recalled the sweet moment on Today, joking that ‘it’s worth sending your kids to camp just so you can get them back.’

‘She’s probably one of the only kids from the Northeast. It’s a lot of Texans. It’s really hot, no air conditioning, but she loves it,’ Bush Hager explained. ‘It’s so fun to go see her and feel that independence. Sleep away camp is a right of passage.’


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