Saying Goodbye to Children
September 6, 2017

“The household is the association established by nature for the supply of men’s everyday wants…” Aristotle, Politics Yesterday, with tears running in rivulets down my face, I waved as the car drove away. It was the second time in as many months that I have done this. Saying goodbye to one of […]

The Time to Go to School
August 9, 2017

“And the final outcome of education, I suppose we’d say, is a single newly finished person, who is either good or the opposite.” Plato, Republic Thinking about education is one of the most central and thorny of questions for parents. This time of year is usually a time of change and of […]

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 […]

Attentive Parenting, of Birds and Men
May 31, 2017

“Examples are found among certain species of birds whose young are not able to seek out food for themselves immediately after hatching. In fact, since a bird does not nourish its young with milk, made available by nature as it were, as occurs in the case of quadrupeds, but the bird must […]

“One day it will please us to remember even this.” Virgil, The Aeneid Graduation is always poignant for me. It is especially so this year. This last weekend my eldest daughter graduated from Christendom College, where I am a professor of philosophy. I have taught her and her friends, among others, for […]

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 […]

Living These Relationships, Every Day
February 15, 2017

“Therefore, it is clear that the care of the household concerns human beings more than material property…” Aristotle, Politics “Here Aristotle infers that the chief aim of [parents] concerns these two relationships [with one another, and with their children] more than other things.” Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Aristotle’s Politics We might not […]

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

Wednesday Quotes
Laying Waste Our Fields
March 2, 2016

“That day when Turnus raised the flag of war… The high commanders… From every quarter drew repeated levies And laid the wide fields waste of their field hands.” Virgil, The Aeneid I have always been alarmed by the ease with which a sand castle is stomped down by a bully. We usually […]

Wednesday Quotes
When Children Resemble Their Fathers
September 9, 2015

“Fleecy sheep are weighed down with wool, and women bear children who resemble their fathers.”  Hesiod, Works and Days In describing “a city that prospers,” Hesiod points to something rather unexpected: that “women bear children who resemble their fathers.” We find ourselves wondering what he means. Won’t children always resemble their fathers […]

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