Ivanka Trump shares her children with husband Jared Kushner
Ivanka, the older daughter of former President Donald Trump, has been open about her life with a full house and has praised both her late mother, Ivana Trump, and her stepmother, Melania Trump, as her parenting role models.
Speaking of her late mom, who died in 2022 at the age of 73, Ivanka told PEOPLE, "She was the ultimate role model. It was always clear to us that we were her priority, but that doesn't mean we got her 24 hours a day.”
As for her stepmother, Ivanka said she was "a great inspiration." She added, “She's done an amazing job sheltering [Barron] from the chaos that comes along with a presidential campaign. Melania is an unbelievable mother.”
When it comes to balancing work and life with three kids, Ivanka has found she needs to “compartmentalize everything” so that she can “think of ways to connect things,” she told PEOPLE in 2014. In the same interview, Ivanka admitted that leaving her children is difficult when she has other obligations.
While Ivanka and Jared moved their family to Washington D.C. during her father's presidency, they have since settled in Surfside, Florida, a small town south of Miami.
"They're really just settling into normal life and really enjoying it," a friend of Jared's told PEOPLE in 2022, adding, "Jared's spending a lot more time with his family because over the last four years that was something neither of them could do as much as they wanted to."
Here's everything to know about Ivanka Trump’s kids: Arabella Rose, Joseph Frederick and Theodore James.
Arabella Rose Kushner, 12
Ivanka and Jared welcomed their first child, daughter Arabella Rose, in New York City on July 17, 2011.
Shortly after, Ivanka shared the news on X (then known as Twitter). “This morning [Jared] and I welcomed a beautiful and healthy little baby girl into the world," she wrote. "We feel incredibly grateful and blessed. Thank you all for your support and well wishes!"
Over the years, Ivanka has shared glimpses of her daughter's personality, including Arabella's favorite color, dessert and shows. According to a “student spotlight interview” her mom posted on X in 2017, Arabella hoped to be in the Marines someday, and her favorite holiday was Hanukkah because "I get presents!"
After her grandfather was elected the 45th president of the United States, Arabella occasionally joined her mom at the White House for official state visits and duties. Ivanka took Arabella on an observation trip to the Supreme Court in February 2017, where they heard oral arguments, according to CNN. The mother-daughter duo posed on the steps of the Supreme Court building before leaving.
“Arabella and I visited the Supreme Court this morning and attended a hearing," Ivanka captioned the photo on X. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to teach her about the judicial system in our country firsthand.”
Earlier that month, she also accompanied her mom to a Lunar New Year party at the Chinese embassy, as reported by The Washington Post. Ivanka posted a video on Instagram of Arabella singing a song in Mandarin she learned for the celebration.
She showed off her vocal skills again when China's President Xi Jinping visited Mar-a-Lago in April 2017, and her younger brother Joseph joined her.
“Very proud of Arabella and Joseph for their performance in honor of President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan's official visit to the US!” Ivanka captioned a clip on X of her kids.
More recently, in June 2023, Arabella celebrated her bat mitzvah, a Jewish coming-of-age ritual.
Ivanka shared family photos from the day on Instagram, where she wrote in part, “We couldn't be prouder of the extraordinary young woman she has become. Her kindness, creativity, humor, empathy and passion have filled our lives with so much joy and inspiration. May her Bat Mitzvah be the beginning of a beautiful and fulfilling chapter in her life.”
Joseph Frederick Kushner, 9
Ivanka and Jared expanded their family with the birth of their second child, Joseph Frederick Kushner, on Oct. 14, 2013.
She shared news of her son’s birth on Instagram, captioning a blue-and-white graphic, “With love we welcome our son, Joseph Frederick Kushner."
Ivanka also made an announcement on X, writing, "We just welcomed a beautiful & healthy son into the world. Jared, Arabella and I couldn't be happier!"
She also revealed that her son's name was inspired by his great-grandfathers: Jared's grandfather Joseph, whom she described as having an "indomitable spirit," and Ivanka's grandfather Frederick, who fostered their "tight-knit family."
"Both men set the standards that have been passed down through the generations and which we hope to impart upon Joseph and Arabella," she explained. "We are honored to name our son after these two distinguished men."
Her older son is also a basketball fan, and the mother-son pair attended game 4 of the NBA Finals in May 2023, where the Denver Nuggets played the Miami Heat.
“🔥🙌💥🏀⛹️♀️💫🔥 #GAME4 WITH MY MVP!” Ivanka captioned Instagram pictures of her and Joseph near the court.
Theodore James Kushner, 7
Ivanka and Jared completed their family with their third child, a son named Theodore James, born on March 27, 2016.
"Jared and I feel incredibly blessed to announce the arrival of Theodore James Kushner,” she wrote on Facebook, alongside a photo of her holding the newborn. “Baby Theodore. My heart is full. xx, Ivanka #grateful.”
Ivanka also posted a similar graphic on social media to when Joseph was born. Two days later, she shared a snap of the newborn baby with her husband and his older sister. “This is love!” she wrote on Instagram.
Ahead of his birth, Ivanka told PEOPLE in November 2015 that Arabella was the first to announce the pregnancy — to her classmates. "Her whole nursery school class was congratulating me," she said, adding that their family didn't know then.
Theodore's brother Joseph was just as excited about his arrival. Ivanka told PEOPLE in April 2016 that her middle child quickly adapted to being an older sibling.
“He’s loved it. He loves giving Theodore his bottle, he loves snuggling with us for books, he’s always trying to kiss him," she said. "Obviously, doctor’s orders is not to have your young child kissing the baby’s face but it’s really hard to stop that!”
Ivanka was also open about how she evolved as a mother. "With Arabella I was so nervous all the time, I was nervous about breaking her, I was nervous about dropping her, I was nervous about all the basic elements of being a first-time parent,” she recalled.
She continued, “With Joseph, I was materially less nervous and now with Theodore I’m so busy chasing the other ones I don’t have time to be nervous!”
Over the years, Ivanka has shared his milestones, like when he started walking. "Big night for baby Theodore. He took his first steps!” she captioned a video on X in May 2017.
In honor of her youngest child's 4th birthday in 2020, she shared family photos with his dad, grandfather and siblings. Ivanka wrote, "He is joy personified and lights up our home, and envelops our hearts, with his kindness and laughter. ☀️."
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