Playing Games with Children
July 26, 2017

“But when children play the right games from the beginning… it follows them in everything…” Socrates, in Plato’s Republic The question broke through the pleasant fog of dozing off on the couch on a Sunday afternoon. “Daddy, do you want to play statue?” “Uh. Well. What’s ‘statue’?” I was buying time; though […]

After We Married
February 22, 2017

“Out of [this relationship] between man and woman…the first thing to arise is the household…” Aristotle, Politics There turned out to be much more going on than we realized, in our love for one another. I fell in love with you, and you fell in love with me—albeit, a little later. But […]

Can Siblings Become Friends?
December 7, 2016

Can siblings become our best friends? Should we expect this? What challenges do siblings face in becoming friends? How might parents foster sibling friendships in the home? I explore these issues at the Biola Center for Christian Studies blog here: Friendship Among Siblings: Embracing the uniqueness of familial bond

A Child’s Birthday
September 28, 2016

I remember thinking on my birthday: how can all these people just be going about their business today? Don’t they realize? But the fact was that the key people around me did realize; and they acted like it. And so a child learns. This is a day of celebration. Because of me. […]

Drama Like No Other
September 14, 2016

  It makes no small difference, then, whether we form habits of one kind or another from our very youth; it makes a very great difference, or rather all the difference.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics It is not unusual, especially when we’re studying ethics, to have dramatic moments in the classroom. Indeed, no story in […]

Wednesday Quotes
Where Has All the Wonder Gone?
August 10, 2016

“It is owing to their wonder that men both now begin and at first began to philosophize.” Aristotle, Metaphysics Aristotle himself does not explicitly offer a definition of wonder. It is clear, however, that wonder has two essential elements: a seeing, and a feeling. To wonder one must first of all see […]

A Space for Children in the Home
July 6, 2016

“If children do not have space to release a tremendous amount of energy when they need to, they will drive themselves and everybody else in the family up the wall.” Christopher Alexander, A Pattern Language We need spaces that foster the various aspects of human life. This applies especially to children. Some […]

Telling the Stories of Your Ancestors
June 1, 2016

“If we want our children to grow up strong, secure, and upright…; if we want to show them paths out of moral chaos, we should scour our family histories and tell them stories of the heroes we find there.” William Raspberry* These words really struck a chord in me. There are few […]

Wednesday Quotes
Playing in Grassy Places
May 25, 2016

“Happy hearts and happy faces, Happy play in grassy places— That was how, in ancient ages, Children grew to kings and sages.” Robert Louis Stevenson, A Child’s Garden of Verses It is so easy for us to forget. Playing is how children practice to become adults. They take it very seriously, because for […]

Wednesday Quotes
Hearing the Right Stories
May 11, 2016

“Such, then, I said are the kinds of stories that I think future guardians should and should not hear…” Plato, Republic III Few moments are as precious, for parents or for children. As my older children are leaving home, my mind goes back to those days…when all of them were ranged around […]