Inside Melania Trump and Barron Trump’s Relationship

Melania Trump doesn’t speak much about her only son, Barron Trump. However, she does share information now and then during interviews. Throughout the years, we’ve gotten glimpses into their relationship and Melania’s approach to parenting. Here’s what we know about Melania Trump and Barron Trump’s relationship.

Donald Trump with Melania and Barron Trump | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
Donald Trump with Melania and Barron Trump | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Melania says she tries to teach Barron right from wrong

Melania Trump and Barron Trump |  Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Melania Trump and Barron Trump | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The first lady takes her role as a mother seriously. During a Virginia town hall, she spoke about her son and how she hopes to instill a strong value system. “I teach him what is right, what is wrong,” she said. “He doesn’t have a social media yet–he’s not interested in it. He’s all into sport.”

She encourages Barron to be independent

Melania Trump and Barron Trump |  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Melania Trump and Barron Trump | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Now that Melania Trump’s son is older, she is taking steps to allow for a bit more independence. For example, last Christmas, Melania left Barron behind at Mar-a-Lago (Donald Trump’s Florida club) to spend part of the holidays at the White House and then fly to Iraq with Donald to visit U.S. troops stationed abroad. However, the mother and son did spend some time together at the club before she left. She later returned to Florida to spend the rest of the holiday with Barron.

Melania Trump and Barron Trump’s relationship

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Melania Trump and Barron Trump’s relationship seems to be very close. The first lady says she spends more time with Barron than Donald. In a 2011 interview with Mommy Helper Show, she spoke about why it’s important for her to spend a lot of time with her son. “I like to spend as much time as possible with him because children need your attention, they need to see that you are involved, and they really want their mommy there.”

Melania tries to make sure Barron’s life is as stable and consistent as possible

The first lady was concerned about her son’s adjustment to life in the White House. After Donald became president, she didn’t move into the White House right away. Instead, she stayed behind in their New York home at Trump Tower and waited to move until Barron finished the school year. Barron currently attends St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland. His school choice is unusual because every president’s child has attended Sidwell Friends for the last 35 years.

Donald Trump has a hands-off approach to parenting

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In a 2005 interview with Larry King, before he and Melania tied the knot, Donald spoke about what he thought life would be like when he and Melania became parents. He imagined Melania would take care of all the parenting duties and joked he would probably never see their child. “Now, I know Melania, I’m not going to be doing the diapers, I’m not going to be making the food, I may never even see the kids,” he told King.

Melania didn’t seem to mind Donald’s take on parenting. In a 2012 interview with Parenting, she said she didn’t expect Donald to be involved and that she took over caring for Barron. “He didn’t change diapers and I am completely fine with that. It is not important to me. It’s all about what works for you. It’s very important to know the person you’re with. And we know our roles.”

Read more: How Old Was Melania Trump When She Had Barron Trump?

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