Jenna Bush Hager Reflects On Following George W. Bush's Parenting Example

"I do think it was such a model to me about how I want to parent."

We love getting glimpses of the father-daughter relationship between Jenna Bush Hager and former President George W. Bush. Sometimes, they're funny vignettes from their personal lives. But other times, they're more serious.

The latter is what happened earlier this week on TODAY, when Bush Hager shared with co-host Hoda Kotb, and all of us the advice her father once gave her about drinking. The topic came up as the colleagues were discussing Ben Affleck's recent admissions to The New York Times about his own struggles with alcohol abuse.

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"I'll never forget, I was in Maine for my cousin's wedding, when we were in our early twenties, which, you know, when you're in your early twenties, you go out and you celebrate and you stay late and my dad said let's go for a walk. And we went for a walk, and he said, 'I just want to talk to you about drinking—and I found in my life it got in the way of the things that mattered most—and I want to make sure that you just know that it can and be aware of it,''' she recalled in the segment with Kotb. Now, as a mother to three, Bush Hager is particularly grateful for her dad's advice.

"I think at the time I probably was like, 'I'm not even that hungover,''' she said. "But I do think it was such a model to me about how I want to parent, which is to be transparent about either things that have happened in our family's past, or things that you know that can happen to your kids." Watch the full video clip below.

Of course, it's not easy being vulnerable and sharing intimidate details from your own life in the public's eye (let alone, growing up in it because of your famous political family), but we're sure it's powerful wisdom from Bush Jr. that many viewers can benefit from hearing.

What a moving segment and honest conversation on one of our favorite morning talk shows. Here's to many more candid talks on "the fourth hour."

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