For one, Theodore Roosevelt’s father (Theodore Roosevelt Snr) was not a bad parent. In fact, he is the type of father any child would wish for.
Theodore Roosevelt snr
The former president had been quoted to say “My father, Theodore Roosevelt, was the best man I ever knew.” He went further to say “He combined strength and courage with gentleness, tenderness, and great unselfishness. He would not tolerate in us children selfishness or cruelty, idleness, cowardice, or untruthfulness.”
However, his father made him smoke cigarettes, drink coffee and hit the gym due to former president’s health condition. From child, he was diagnosed with asthma.
Theodore Roosevelt jnr. as a child.
Asthma in the mid-1800s had little treatment that even the privileged or high-class members of the society who could afford the means, could not get proper treatment to the sickness. Theodore sr. would follow the doctor’s recommendations and where the need arises, he served his son strong coffee and had him smoke cigars in order to help him improve on his asthma.
He was served enough coffee and cigars that were necessary to help with his condition. As a rich and influential person in the society that Theodore sr. was, he was able to afford the necessary things to help take care of his son. He built a gym in the house where he instructed the young Theodore to work-out in.
Theodore sr. learnt a lot from his responsible father, some of the lessons eventually prepared him for the position of the president which he later won. Apart from hitting the gym, his father recommended that he takes on a strenuous body exercise to improve his overall health condition, one of which is hiking or mountain climbing.
All these and many more made Theodore jr. more committed to philanthropism in his later years. It helped shaped the future president’s understanding of responsibility, and made him one of best presidents U.S ever had.
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