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Do people have a moral duty to have children if they... Many people want to have children. But they might wonder: is it ethical to bring a child into this broken world, where she might suffer – and partake in – various harms and injustices? Others prefer not to have children. This choice also raises ethical qualms: is it ‘selfish’ to refrain from procreating? Are non-parents failing to contribute to the future of humanity – to the building of the next generation – in a way that we all should if we can? It is tempting to dismiss such questions on the grounds that whether or not you have kids is a personal matter. It is surely nobody else’s damn business.

It’s not up to the government or society to tell me. True enough. Is it fair to your would-be child to bring her into a life that will inevitably contain significant amounts of pain, discomfort, suffering and heartache? If children were brought into the world by an act of pure reason alone, would the human race continue to exist? This inference is too quick. Get Aeon straight to your inbox. Montessori, Lao Tzu and The Watercourse Way | Thoughts for ParentsShining Mountains Press -

The Watercourse Way Montessori, Lao Tzu and The Watercourse Way By Dr. Jim McFarland Twenty five hundred years ago, an old Chinese sage, Lao Tzu, wrote down eighty one short verses. These verses became the Tao Te Ching. It is the book of how things happen. “She who is centered in the Tao can go where she wishes, without danger. Maria Montessori was also a very careful observer. Lao Tzu sums up his teaching by saying, “I have just three things to teach: SimplicityPatienceCompassion These three are your greatest treasures.

When we simply look within we find our inherent beingness. Adhering to Simplicity reveals to us great inner powers. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo DaVinci The second defining principle of the Taoist watercourse way is Patience. Montessori also believed in non-interfering, softness, yielding and independence for the child. Patience is not the ability to wait. Compassion becomes alive within when we reconcile, unify and accept the world as it is. Father-Daughter Relationship l Fathering Daughters. New fatherhood can spark fear of the unknown—especially if the baby’s a girl. A man may have grown up with sisters and learned about women from his partner, but neither set of experiences can prepare him completely for the father-daughter relationship.

And, given dads’ importance to the social and emotional development of their daughters, fathers have every reason to be concerned. The good news is that for the first 18 months, baby girls and boys are pretty much the same. In my own experience as the dad of both, girls are actually easier, especially with diaper changing—you don’t have to remember to point their pipework down before fastening the tabs. More than an Enforcer The phrase carries an unintended and ponderous truth: dads, if you wait to become involved until your daughters are teenagers—if you only step in as an enforcer when their moms can no longer control them—you’re in for an uphill battle.

How Fathers Mold Their Daughters Dr. Getting Involved Making the Connection. 15 Things All Dads of Daughters Should Know | Justin Ricklefs. “I feel sorry for you when they become teenagers.” “Dude, you’re surrounded by women.” “What did you do to deserve that?” Being a dad of four daughters (we also have one son), I hear stuff like this almost daily. And honestly, I’m the one who feels sorry for people who think this way. Having daughters is one of the greatest joys I could imagine.

We have a saying at our house that goes like this, “I love you more today than I did yesterday.” Raising girls is a privilege, not a burden. I certainly don’t have it all figured out, but I have learned 15 things about raising girls these last 11 years. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Dads, your role is a precious one. Like Us On Facebook | Follow Us On Twitter | Contact HuffPost Parents Also on HuffPost: First Photos Of Dads And Babies Pete & Eva “What was I thinking at this moment?

Pete Meyers. 8 Things A Girl Needs From Her Father. Life to Her Years. Like what you see here? Like Life to Her Years on Facebook for more great tips for dads of daughters! 1. Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. Like what you see here? Like Life to Her Years on Facebook below for more great tips for dads of daughters!

Photo Credits I was unable to find the original source for #’s 1, 3, 7, 16, 20, 42, and 47. 4. 14. 15. 24. 26. 28. 32. 34. 35. 39. 43. 50.