Jenna Bush Hager Shares Emotional Moment of Sending Daughters to Camp

Jenna Bush Hager, co-host of ‘Today with Hoda & Jenna,’ opened up about the emotional experience of sending her daughters, Mila, 11, and Poppy, 8, to summer camp in Texas. On the July 8 episode, Hager, 42, shared with Hoda Kotb how she shed ‘little tears’ behind her big sunglasses while dropping her daughters off at the bus.

Emotional Farewell

Poppy, a first-time camper, expressed concerns about the camp, worrying about spiders and the heat. Hager reassured her daughter, saying, ‘You’re going to become friends with the spiders in the bathroom’ and ‘It’s going to become normal to you … it’s hot there.’ Mila, having attended the camp before, played the role of the helpful big sister, advising Poppy on camp survival tips like avoiding Sprite in the Texas heat.

Family Dynamics

Hager, who also shares a son, Hal, 4, with husband Henry Hager, reflected on the temporary emptiness at home, saying, ‘I feel like two of my three hearts are far away from me.’ Despite the sadness of saying goodbye, she expressed pride in her daughters for embarking on this new adventure.

Supportive Family

During the discussion, Hager also touched on her daughter’s talents, noting Mila’s impressive makeup skills and how early kids are now wearing makeup. She shared a light-hearted moment about how she would let Mila do her makeup, recognizing her daughter’s artistic abilities.

The segment highlighted the bittersweet nature of watching children grow up and gain independence. How do other parents cope with similar experiences? What are the benefits of summer camp for children? These questions resonate with many families as they navigate the joys and challenges of parenting.