When a Daughter Gets Engaged

When a Daughter Gets Engaged

“I think that the gods exercised especially acute discernment in establishing the particular pairing which is called ‘male and female,’ to ensure that, when the partners cooperate, such a pair may be of the utmost mutual benefit.” Xenophon, The Estate Manager One of...
A Girl Going Hunting

A Girl Going Hunting

“For from the start the functions are divided, and those of the man and the woman are different.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics When my daughter first asked me if she could hunt I hesitated. I am firmly convinced that due to the natural difference between...
Saying Goodbye to Children

Saying Goodbye to Children

“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....
The Time to Go to School

The Time to Go to School

“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...
Playing Games with Children

Playing Games with Children

“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?”...

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