A Stoic upbringing, Parenting basics

Nature and nurture

Since Massimo Pigliucci is currently reviewing Margaret Graver’s excellent book Stoicism and Emotion on his website, this is probably a good time for me to write about her book, too. I try to keep the posts on Apparent Stoic more practical than theoretical, so I will not go into detail about the Stoic sources, history, or theory covered in the…

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A Stoic upbringing, Parenting basics

Personalized parenting: Adapting to your child’s needs

In my last post I wrote about the beauty of using Stoic principles to solve parenting challenges. Stoicism provides strong core ideas, but you have to use your wisdom to adapt them to whatever situation you find yourself in. In other words, you have to be strong but flexible. It seems to me that there are very few one-size-fits-all solutions…

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Love, Parenting basics

The flexible Stoic: Solving parenting challenges with rationality

One of my favorite things about Stoicism is that it provides both clear guidelines for living and the freedom to apply those guidelines as each person sees fit. The ancient Stoics developed a very strong rationale for seeking virtue, and a very clear understanding of what virtue is and what it might look like in certain circumstances. But ultimately, it’s…

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