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Philosophy and Parenting Parenting is an art a science a gift and sometimes a headache There never seems to be enough time to get the basics done let alone shape a childs mind Parents and children seek to discover adequate ways of reasoning about moral issues and how to apply these ideas to everyday life This sounds so pompous but in actuality it is how we all live our lives The hows and whys of the way people perceive and interact with the world begins in childhood If parents seek and attempt to parent by standing on the shoulders of giants and then applying each philosophy in a practical commonsense and sometimes humorous way they can enhance the lives of their children as well as their own Philosophy begins wherever we find a teacher or parent like Plato teaching and leading a philosophical life Proefriedt When Plato wrote The Allegory of the Cave he was telling the story of people living in a cave and their perceptions of the out side world In actuality he is saying in order to live ethically it is essential that truth be defined Plato expressed the goal of future rulers like this And there lies the point you must contrive for your future rulers another and a better life than that of the ruler and then you may have a well-ordered State for only in a State that offers this will they rule who are truly rich not in silver and gold but in virtue and wisdom which are thetrue blessings in life Plato 285 Plato could have just as easily been speaking to parents about their hopes and wishes for their children Parents want their children to be honest and insightful as they grow A parent can begin by encouraging children to engage in argument analysis to analyze concepts to identify assumptions to examine inferences and to inquire into the validity of claims Or to put it much
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