Presidents in recent memory and in the distant past have expressed their parental ideologies to the public. Parents can take advice from some of the most influential American leaders in history.
1. Barack Obama (44th President of the United States)
President Obama is known throughout the world as the first black American President, but he has also been credited with his authoritative approach when raising his two daughters.
Obama has been quoted as saying, “As much as possible when we’re home, [the kids have to sit down and eat dinner with us. I’m a big believer in not getting the TV trays out and watching the Kardashians,” Obama went on to say that “You sit down, leave your cell phones somewhere else, and we’ll have a conversation.”
This message couldn’t be more relevant in a fast-paced society and reminds parents that they need to spend more quality time with their children.
2. Lyndon B. Johnson (36th President of the United States)
President Lyndon was a leader and a father of two daughters. The family-focused father made many efforts to balance his official duties with quality time with his family.
Lyndon was the teacher at heart, and he understood that education played a central role in the development of his children. He was quoted as saying that ‘’it doesn’t matter what color you are … If you don’t have an opportunity to take advantage of all the education you can, you’ll never be your best.”
While the President pushed political issues at hand, he ensured his children grew up with a strong educational foundation.
3. Theodore Roosevelt (26th President of the United States)
Roosevelt was not only a great president but also found time to raise six kids. His four sons and two daughters were often entertained with family activities such as games and sports.
Roosevelt once said, “I love all these children and have great fun with them, and I am touched by the way in which they feel that I am their special friend, champion, and companion,” and ‘’No matter how busy you are, carve out time to play with your kids.’’
This paints a picture of a fun-loving parent that brought youthful energy to the office. Even though he was an incredibly busy man in politics, he always found time to spend with his kids.
When he won the election in 1904, he wrote to his 15-year-old, Kermit, ‘’… the really important thing was the lovely life with Mother and you children, and that compared to this home life everything else was of very small importance…”
The family life of presidents can often seem like a constant roller coaster. Yet, the parenting quotes from these influential presidents are inspiring. Follow Grow the vote for more inspirational articles concerning politics.