Why New Year Resolutions May Be a Bad Idea


Are you thinking about New Year resolutions yet? If not, you’re running out of time. Tomorrow is Day 1 of the New Year.

Before you pull out that Moleskine and start scribbling out your list, consider the possibility that you should forgo making New Year resolutions. Here are some reasons why New Year resolutions may be a bad idea:

  1. You set yourself up for feeling defeated. This happens more quickly if your resolutions impale you with the spear of a repeating event—something you have to do every day or once a month to accomplish what you’ve resolved to do. Read more of this post

Quotations: On Wisdom & Folly


“A word to the wise is always infuriating.” —Hunter S. Thompson

Parenting with Purpose


What is a parent supposed to be doing . . . as a parent? My friend Mike Austin is author of a book called Conceptions of Parenthood (Ashgate, 2007). In an excerpt on his “Morality and the Good Life” blog, Mike suggests that parents should endeavor to train their children in skills that will result in their well-being over the long haul. This, he says, encompasses the goal of preparing them to live autonomously. Mike interacts briefly with William Irvine (author of Doing Right By Our Children), who stresses the value of freedom.

I concur with Mike, and would argue that the best kind of freedom depends on being rational, and is experienced as a result of making consistently wise choices. So educating children for freedom is educating them in a tradition of wisdom. And that involves guidance through experiences of choosing wisely in comparatively safe situations when they’re young, and in increasingly challenging circumstances as they get older. This would surely empower them to be even more effective in using their freedom to achieve the best and highest goals as they enjoy greater autonomy.

If we who are parents succeed in this endeavor, our children may be our own wise counselors some day.

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