Philosophical Questions of Parenthood
Parenthood fully reveals the philosophical understandings of humans. Parents have the commitment to take care of and educate their children. They do that according to their understandings and (sometimes) misunderstandings. Experiencing parenthood, one practically realizes his/her understanding of the world and humanity. Parents consider their actions within the relationship with the child based on their own views of what is valuable and good. Parenthood requires self-knowledge from the parent. The transformation of a person from a biological parent into a mother or father happens through a direct reflection on what makes sense. Thinking the thinking itself. This is philosophy. For parents, this philosophy is practical. It is practical not just as a way of searching for, but also as a way of finding what is meaningful, important, and valuable.
The following are some of the questions that have been asked by people in their role as parents during Philosophical Counseling:
- I want my child to be happy, what does it mean? Is it possible?
- Am I a good parent? Do I do enough for my children?
- How much should I interfere in what my child does?
- How can I help my child?
- How do I teach my child to…?
- What and how to tell my child about…?
- Do I tell the truth about Santa Claus?
- Is my child happy?