Imagine a national holiday tradition, an influence on a U.S. President, and the indirect catalyst for pardoning hundreds in distress—all sparked by the power of a child. Now, what if I revealed that this extraordinary child was far from perfect? Described as mischievous, a prankster, and a troublemaker, this less-than-conventional figure was also shunned by other children for looking and talking differently. Yet, within this seemingly imperfect child lies a story that unveils the profound impact parents’ unconditional love can have on shaping not just an individual, but the course of history itself. Join Raymond Arroyo and me as we unravel this captivating narrative about The Magnificent Mischief of Tad Lincoln on the podcast episode.
The Power of a Loving Parent
We can all learn a lesson or two about loving a difficult child from the former president of the United States. Instead of criticizing, Abe and his wife, Mary, chose to see what was good and right with their children. And we can too.
It is a choice. We can find good in our kids even when they act up and misbehave.
The Power of a Child
Frequently, we find it challenging to look beyond our child’s behavior to understand the essence of who they are as individuals. When we recognize our children as blessings, a transformative shift in perspective occurs. How do they exhibit kindness and empathy, and how can we nurture these qualities without diminishing their spirits?
Encouraging our children to embrace their authentic selves requires a delicate balance. Imperfection is part of their journey, and as parents, we play a crucial role in fostering an environment where they can grow and thrive without the burden of unrealistic expectations.
The Power of Listening and Learning to Our Child
While in the middle of a war, grieving the death of his son, Willie, Abe found a way to listen and learn from Tad. Abe found a deep sense of joy in his son. Many of Tad’s shenanigans made his dad laugh. And that is something we can do as parents. We can, and I believe should, delight in the child God gave us.
Though Tad was not like the other kids, it didn’t stop him from loving others and caring about their lives. Tad was just a boy, but his influence changed the lives of hundreds of people who were in great distress. And that is something our kids can strive for.
About Raymond Arroyo
Raymond Arroyo is an internationally known, award-winning journalist, producer, and New York Times Bestselling author of Turnabout Tales (Harper); managing editor, The World Over EWTN; Fox News Contributor; and former CNN contributor.
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