For the average two-year-old, the relentless spectacle of the political and media world remains something unknown and unfathomable.
For Chelsea Clinton, it was the norm.
One of her earliest memories is driving around Arkansas with her father campaigning for governor.
It was a sign of things to come: "I have never thought of my life as being an enigma," she told CNBC.
By six, Clinton was fully part of her family's political discussions. "One of my iconic memories was during the 1986 gubernatorial campaign in Arkansas," Clinton told Tania Bryer, in a rare interview as part of
"I remember that my mom, my dad and I would play different roles in mock debates, where one of us would be the moderator, one of us would be my dad - frequently not my dad - and then one of us would play his opponent."
Constantly in the public eye – first in Arkansas, then the U.S.and beyond - 33-year-old Clinton has traditionally shied away from the media.Her 2010 wedding to Marc Mezvinsky in upstate New York was held under tight security and wedding guests were not allowed cameras.
However, since joining NBC as a special correspondent in 2011 Clinton has tentatively stepped into the spotlight. For her, as she says, her life hasn't been the enigma it has been made out to be.
"I was leading a private life not to not lead a public life," she explains, "but because I was a student, or I worked on Wall Street, or I worked for McKinsey. It's because I was not leading a public life. And yet that then just fed all this interest."
For Clinton, just because she didn't allow countless interviews in her first three decades didn't meant she was a mystery: any observer could tell she was a well-educated and driven young person; a typical Clinton. She does admit, though, that she has instinctively shunned the media spectacle:"even my desk faced the wall in the Governor's office at the Capitol," she admits, laughing. "I was very proud to be there in my father's orbit…but I was part of it and apart from it."
Indeed, for Clinton, it's not as if her younger years were that absorbing. While her teenage years were predominately spent in either the Arkansas Governor's Mansion or The White House, Clinton said her parents always ensured her life was as normal as possible.
"I have always been aware of how extraordinarily normal my life is and how extraordinarily extraordinary my life is," she said."Both of those have always co-existed. I grew up having dinner with my parents every night. We would talk about what each of us had done that day, and I think that was true for a lot of my friends growing up."
Of course, Clinton's more media-friendly persona is carefully managed by the family's PR team: she used the same line about her life being both extraordinarily normal and extraordinarily extraordinary in her profile for Vogue in 2012. Clinton's media shyness is not unusual given she was on the front pages of Arkansas' papers the day after her birth, and as a teenager in the White House she wasn't immune to media vitriol.
Last year, she retold a story from 1993 when conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh had said, "Socks is the White House cat. But did you know there is also a White House dog?" He promptly held up an image of 13-year-old Chelsea.
Indeed, ever since her mother attempted to overhaul the U.S.health service during President Clinton's first term, the Clinton women have taken an unusually large amount of hammering from the American press,especially compared to the more balanced coverage that Michelle, Sasha and Malia Obama now receive.
Part of that change is probably down to Hillary, whose run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 helped make "18 million cracks in the glass ceiling."
Clinton says she is now channeling her family name in the best way possible by working with her father's Foundation:"now I'm doing something with it (fame), rather than being overwhelmed with it."