Parenting basics

Disciplining your child, Stoic edition

I’ve talked a lot on this blog about applying the three Stoic disciplines (or topoi) to life as a parent. The discipline of desire and aversion, the discipline of impulse and action, and the discipline of assent are essential for anyone who wishes to achieve parenting eudaimonia. I also believe they provide an excellent framework for teaching your kids to…

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Parenting basics

The art of parenting

I’ve just finished reading John Sellars’ The Art of Living: The Stoics on the Nature and Function of Philosophy. He describes the ancient Stoic view of the ultimate goal of philosophy, as well as several analogies they used to explain their philosophy. I’d like to extend the metaphor and look at how parenting can also be considered an art, according…

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Parenting basics

Vanity

Should I buy the anti-aging face cream? I’ve been browsing facial moisturizers on Amazon and trying to decide what the Stoic approach is to face lotions. I know that sounds silly–after all, what do moisturizers have to do with the serious business of Stoic philosophy? But it’s part of a larger question I’ve been asking myself lately: as a practicing…

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