Category: Parenting

Music, Culture, Parenting, Philosophy, Politics

Taylor Swift: Great American Philosopher

I read a great quote in a meme. So I decided to find its source. It had a philosopher’s touch: Live your life like you’re 80 looking back on your teenage years. You know if your dad calls you at eight in the morning and asks if you want to go to breakfast? As a …

Christianity, Parenting

Biggering and transposition: more thoughts on fatherhood

I was talking to a friend a friend about marriage, couples’ counseling, and parenting and she told me that her test for whether she’ll be on board with a friend’s relationship is whether or not the both parties become more or bigger than they were without each other. Her comment reminded me of a line in the …

Economics, Film, Culture, Education, Parenting, Pedagogy

Youth Science Projects and American Aspirations

I came across an archived usenet post linked on social media: How come the heros of our movies are no longer Micky Rooney or Spencer Tracy playing Thomas Edison, or Paul Muni playing Erlich or Pasteur, instead Val Kilmer playing Jim Morrison and Woody Harrelson playing Larry Flint? And movies whose heros are lawyers.   …

Culture, Parenting, Science Fact of the Day

Parenting doesn’t matter?

Over at Quillette, Brian Boutwell has written an article on the unappreciated genetic factors in personality development and life outcomes. In it he claims: Based on the results of classical twin studies, it just doesn’t appear that parenting—whether mom and dad are permissive or not, read to their kid or not, or whatever else—impacts development …

Culture, Education, Mindset, Parenting, Philosophy

Philosophy, Psychology, and Parenting

To anybody who approaches parenting reflectively, the knowledge of personal imperfection should be obvious. That being said, on ye olde Internet, many people become very offended by the parenting efforts, advice, or suggestions of others. I think I understand why. We all know that we fall short as parents, but we desperately want to believe …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity, Education, Parenting

Sunday School: Career vs Calling

Christianese: I’m not sure what I’m called to do. I’m pretty sure God is calling me to become a chef. God told me to change majors. God called me to date so-and-so. I’m feeling called to the [insert cause that allows for very little personal accountability here]. 3 Aspects of Calling (in and out of …

Parenting

Parents as gods

Being a parent is hard work. Being a dad has its own unique challenges. I have no doubt that it will be one of my greatest challenges. Two of my favorite quotes, one about being a mother and the other of being a father, come from quite unlikely sources, two different satires: Fight Club and …

Parenting

To be a dad: Be big

I’ve been reading a great deal about fatherhood, parenting, and so-on. It’s funny how long long step by step instructions, massive data sets, and extended philosophical discourses on fatherhood, despite their value, don’t stick in your head the way brief descriptions like this can: A grown man, even a small or otherwise unremarkable man, can …