Melania Trump has decided that motherhood comes first — and has made the decision to stay with 10-year-old Barron in New York City after her husband, President-Elect Donald Trump, assumes office on January 20, 2017.
The decision will allow young Barron to finish out the school year at the school he currently attends on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. They will reportedly join the president-elect at the end of the school year.
The gift of consistency that Melania Trump is giving her son with her confident, loving decision is one that will benefit him for years to come. He’ll be able to stay with his friends, teachers, and the home he knows — all important factors as he gets more and more comfortable with the fact that his father has been elected president.
Melania Trump is also modeling just how important motherhood is by this decision. She is prioritizing her son before herself — and will gladly assume more travel to make sure her son is happy and well-adjusted. Before long, Barron Trump will be in his adolescent years; the foundation the Trumps build now will help him maneuver those years in a healthy and positive way.
“Teenagers need love and support from parents at a time when lots of other things in their lives are changing,” according to the Raising Children Network on their website. “For teenagers, parents and families are a source of care and emotional support … and most teenagers still want to spend time with their families, sharing ideas and having fun.”
Trump confirmed the news Sunday afternoon while walking with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to a meeting at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf course. The president-elect said his wife and son would move to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue “right after he [Barron] finishes school” next year, according to the Associated Press.
The future first lady will travel as necessary to Washington, D.C., to fulfill her duties as first lady, The New York Post reported.
“Melania is extremely close to Barron, and they have become closer during the campaign,” a source told the Post. “The campaign has been difficult for Barron, and she is really hoping to keep disruption to a minimum.”
“I like to be hands-on. I think it’s very important,” Melania Trump told People in a wide-ranging interview about family last year, noting that she helps Barron with homework and takes him to his extra-curricular activities.
“We keep it down to a minimum,” Donald Trump said of having nannies, in the same People interview. He said back then the family does have staff to help with cooking and housework, but no nanny in the traditional sense. “If you have too much help, you don’t get to know your children,” he said.
Melania Trump said last year that she encouraged Barron and his father to have one-on-one time.
“Barron loves to be one-on-one with Dad because normally he’s almost always all the time with me,” she said. “So I give them space when it’s Daddy and Barron time. They go alone for dinner, one-on-one. They play golf together. He looks forward to that.”
“If you have too much help, you don’t get to know your children.”
One father of three in the Boston area said his wife — like Mrs. Trump — also stayed at home to raise their three sons. Her decision has made all the difference in the way his sons, now adult, have turned out, this father said.
“I traveled quite a bit — sometimes for a week or more — when my kids were young, and I often asked my wife, who was at home with the kids full time, to come with me,” he told LifeZette. “Once in a while she would, but her commitment to the kids and having consistency in their lives was always first. She would say, ‘We have all the time in the world when they are grown to see and do exciting things — but they need me here now. They are the priority.'”
The Trumps have continued to reside in Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan. Donald Trump’s presence at the iconic building has meant the Secret Service has had to set up 24-hour security, and even block off some lanes on Fifth Avenue. That security presence will need to remain, clearly.
“That building is going to become the White House of New York,” Jim Reese, a former Delta Force commander and president of TigerSwan, a global security company based in North Carolina, told the Post.