Miscellaneous, Parenting basics

A vacation in your mind

Before I had kids, I loved to travel. Actually, I still love to travel. But as you can imagine, “travel” with three small children is a totally different experience than backpacking around Europe as a young adult. Since Clementine was born five years ago, we have been out of the country exactly one time. And with Freddy being just a…

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A Stoic upbringing, Dichotomy of control, Love

Happy families: A Stoic guide to family relationships

See an expanded version of this post on the Stoicism Today blog of Modern Stoicism.   “All happy families are alike,” wrote Tolstoy in Anna Karenina, and “each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” When I first read this line as a teenager, I couldn’t understand what Tolstoy meant. How could there be many kinds of unhappiness, but…

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Dichotomy of control, Parenting basics

Cross-cultural Stoic parenting

My family lives in suburban America, but my husband is actually Turkish. He moved to the U.S. when he was 25. And his family still lives in Turkey, so we do have some ethnic intrigue to add interest to our lives. My children have only met their paternal grandparents once. When Clementine had just turned three and James was 18…

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