Since my first child was born in 2015, I've been writing about philosophical parenting. My focus is on virtue education, intentionality, enchantment, simplicity, and flourishing as a parent.
This page consolidates all of the Common Sense Ethics parenting content into one place, including printables, blog posts, book summaries, and videos.
In 2021, I participated in the Power To Care panel at Stoicon X Women. Here is the video and a printable virtues reward chart for kids I created for parents to download (left). Please see everything else below.
Book Summary: Simplicity Parenting by K. J. Payne
A book about eliminating distractions, clutter and stress, so we can realize our goals and dreams for our family.
Character Education is up to Parents, Not Schools
If intellectual achievement outpaces the development of moral character, we get a population of people bent on being smart but not concerned about others.
Teaching Kids to Deal With Problems
Stoicism is all about confronting challenges. I’d like to focus on just one particular psychological weapon that I’ve found useful for myself and my kids.
9 Great Critical Thinking Books for Children, Teens
Parent's should take an active role in teaching critical thinking to their children outside of school.
Teaching Kids Moderation
Adopting a Stoic perspective on materialism allows us to function well in society while also teaching our children that material goods are not what really matters in life.
5 Wholesome Character Education Books
Reading to your child can teach and reinforce the importance of virtues. These 5 books are great for kids of every age.
Tranquility Parenting: Book Review & Video
Tranquility Parenting: A Guide to Staying Calm, Mindful and Engaged, by Brittany Polat, offers practical ways to overcome parenting challenges by implementing principles from Stoic philosophy.
Raising Kids Using Stoic Philosophy
Stoicism is an ancient Greek philosophy that teaches us how to focus on what we can control so that we can stress less.
Stoicism and Virtue
Brittany Polat interviews me about how to create an ideal family culture based on Stoic and other philosophical virtues.
Plato V. Musonius Rufus on Parenting
Musonius Rufus proposed a nurturing approach to family and raising children consistent with modern research on ideal infant attachment and child development.
Virtue Begins at Home
Brendan Malone, a father of 5, gives wonderful tips on how to teach and model virtue to our children at home.
Philosophy for Parents
I welcome Holly Hamilton-Bleakley, a philosophy professor and mother of six, to my YouTube channel to share wisdom gleaned from 20 years of motherhood and her extensive knowledge of philosophy.
The Secret to Building a Close Family
Today’s families are pulled in so many different directions. Wise families carve out time to be together, and shared reading can remedy that.
Creating Your Ideal Family Culture
You don't get a second chance at raising your children. Be clear about what you want for your family life and be disciplined enough to implement it.
Growing Up Stoic
I believe that Musonius Rufus’ 2000 year old educational blueprint has a lot to offer astute modern parents and caregivers who wish to guide their young children towards a resilient and philosophical view of life.