Maybe Barron Trump's life was never going to be normal. He was born into enormous wealth and privilege, after all, with a very famous last name. But when his father Donald Trump won the presidency last year, it was announced that Barron wouldn't move to D.C. and into the White House right away — he'd stay with his mother Melania and finish the school year in New York City. The choice was indicative of how protective they are of Barron, though it's not the only glimpse the Trumps have given into their child-rearing style over the years.
Melania is the hands-on parent in Barron's life.
No surprise here, but Donald has stayed pretty busy running his multinational corporation (and now, the United States), so the drudgery of parenthood falls to Melania. "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," she said in 2015. "It's very important to know the person you're with. And we know our roles."
She keeps a strict work-parenting balance.
Melania didn't start her jewelry business until Barron began school, and fulfills her professional obligations while he's away. "I am a full-time mom; that is my first job. The most important job ever," she said. "When he is in school I do my meetings, my sketches, and everything else."
Melania believes in letting your kids fall down.
"I think is important to give a child room to make mistakes in order to learn. Mistakes build wings so later in life they can fly and go on their own," she has said of her parenting philosophy. "Let them fall once in awhile. When they do, they will learn how to pick themselves up on their own when you aren't around."
She raised Barron trilingual.
Back in 2009, Melania said toddler Barron was speaking English, French, and her native Slovenian. These days, he's still fluent in Slovenian and uses it to communicate with his grandparents.
Melania encourages his creativity.
Yes, even if it makes a mess. "His imagination is growing and important. He draws on the walls in his playroom, we can paint it over," she said. "One day he was playing bakery and he wrote Barron's Bakery on the wall with crayons. He is very creative, if you say to a child no, no, no, where does the creativity go?"
She says she's a passionate advocate for other children.
Even before becoming First Lady (and before motherhood), Melania was involved in several children's charities. She was the face of Fifth Annual National Love Our Children Day and National Child Abuse Prevention Month in 2008, and an honorary chairwoman for the Boy's Club of New York for five years. She also served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the American Red Cross.
She was happy with just one child. (Well, one little boy, and one "big" boy.)
When asked if she might consider more kids, Melania said, "I don't like to say never, but my life is very busy. We are happy and my hands are full with my two boys — my big boy and my little boy!"
She's a hands-on mom.
Like father, like son. Melania has said that Barron loves creating entire cities and airports with blocks and Legos, and that she happily plops down on the floor with him to build these universes.
She used to slather Barron with caviar after his nighttime bath.
Melania made headlines in 2013 when she revealed that she applied her own skincare line's Caviar Complex C6 moisturizer, which contained real caviar, to Barron every night. "It smells very, very fresh. I put it on him from head to toe. He likes it!"
Barron has more than his own bedroom.
The little prince has an entire floor to himself in the Trump Tower penthouse.
Barron's schooling cost $46,690 this year.
A fifth grader at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, Barron enjoys a very expensive education at one of New York City's top prep schools.
She says she's a good listener.
"I think the #1 parenting secret is that it is so important to have a good listening skills," Melania said in 2015. "I listen to what he says, what troubles him, and what he is excited about. Then I can guide and support. I don't push my thoughts or likes or dislikes. I want him to grow to be his own person."