Celebrity Parents Mindy Kaling Takes Kids to White House to Receive National Medal of Arts — See the Sweet Photos! Mindy Kaling's 5-year-old daughter was there to witness a major moment in her mom's career By Angela Andaloro Angela Andaloro Twitter Angela Andaloro is a Parents News Writer at PEOPLE. Angela has also written about entertainment and parenting at LittleThings, Mom.com, BuzzFeed, and more. In her spare time, she enjoys competing in fantasy sports leagues and watching too much reality TV. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 22, 2023 05:05 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Mindy Kaling, daughter Katherine. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty; Mindy Kaling/Instagram Mindy Kaling had her daughter by her side as she celebrated a special honor. On Tuesday, President Joe Biden presented the National Medal of Arts to the actress, as well as singers Bruce Springsteen and Gladys Knight, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and designer Vera Wang at the White House. Sharing photos from the day and reflecting on its significance, Kaling, 43, included a glimpse of her daughter Katherine "Kit" Swati, 5, walking up a flight of stairs holding her hand. The little girl wears a tulle party dress and sparkly silver shoes, while Kaling is dressed in a purple dress and matching lavender heels. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Mindy Kaling's Son Spencer Sneaks Away for a Moment of Peace with His Toy Car on Thanksgiving "A little while ago, I got a call from Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson that the National Endowment of the Arts and the office of the President wanted to give me the National Medal of Arts for my work in television and as an author," Kaling wrote on Instagram of the event. "I'm still processing how to receive the news." "Yesterday, I went with my family to receive the medal at the White House. To hear the President speak about my parents, their journey to the United States, my late mother's dreams for me, and the power of comedy to make people understand each other was almost too much to take in. It didn't feel real!" she continued. "I mean, I was sitting next to GLADYS KNIGHT. I guess I just want to express my heartfelt gratitude to @potus, @neaarts and @kamalaharris. And to say I promise to spend the rest of my life earning this medal because I don't feel like I've earned it yet." Kaling concluded, "I wish my mom could have been there, but what are you gonna do. Nothing is perfect, but yesterday was pretty close. I love everyone. Thanks @katelinden, Vinay Reddy and @picsschmicks for helping it all happen ❤️." Sharing photos alongside a video of the United States Marine Corps. Band playing The Office theme song, Kaling showed both her kids enjoying a sweet moment as Katherine and Spencer Avu, 2, looked out a White House window. The Never Have I Ever creator appeared on the cover of The Wellness Issue of Marie Claire in August, where she opened up about her life as a mom to her two children. "I want them to be old enough to talk to me about it and [tell me] how they want me to talk about it," Kaling said of her kids being in the public eye. "I'm the only parent my kids have," she continued. "I think I err on the side of super cautious so that there's less things that they can potentially be mad at me about down the line."