Catholic dad of 8 offers a bit of wisdom for modern parents
'If Aristotle's Kid Had an iPod'
CHARLOTTE — A sense of humor is a required character trait for every parent, much less a parent of eight children all under the age of 10. Just ask Conor Gallagher, whose growing family fills an entire pew at St. Ann Church in Charlotte.
Gallagher, who is the vice president of publishing for Saint Benedict Press in Charlotte, has authored an insightful book which looks through the lens of Aristotle's "Nicomachean Ethics" to help every parent understand their children and guide them along life's way to be the faithful individuals God created them to be.
He incorporates Aristotle's philosophy, scientific studies, pop culture and parenting tales together with wit to create an informative read and an indispensable guide for any parent who wants to pass on the secrets of a happy life to their kids.
In his introduction, Gallagher asserts that this is not a parenting book but rather a philosophy guide for parents.
"I am going to use philosophy to help you understand how your kid can become virtuous, how he can develop true friendships and what will truly make him happy," Gallagher notes.
He admits that to some, a philosophy book for parents may sound boring.
"But if you're a reasonably good parent, you already are a philosopher. Philosophy is nothing more than the love of wisdom (philosophia). This book shows the real, practical connection between the ancient wisdom of Aristotle and modern case studies, statistics and the everyday life experience of raising kids."
Gallagher and his wife Ashley have had plenty of practical experience over the past decade.
"My wife and I married young and started having babies," Gallagher explains. "We have eight children. Our oldest is 10. No twins. Just one after the other. We understand 'rug rats' pretty well and I've found that Aristotle provides some excellent advice."
He said he is tired of modern parenting advice and the current trend in parenting to give in to a child's every demand, out of a desire for political correctness or being their kid's buddy.
"Every time I see a kid pitch a royal fit in public, every time I see parents succumb to the children's demands (as if they are Alexander the Great), every time I see parents do the exact opposite of what should be done, I think to myself, 'They need a good dose of Aristotle.' Well, here it is."
— SueAnn Howell, staff writer
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