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Understanding and Empathy 42

Monday, August 22, 2016


Erika Christakis, author of ‘The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need From Grownups," has just written a beautiful review in The Washington Post of a new book about parenting: Alison Gopnik, The Gardener and the Carpenter. Well, to be perfectly accurate, the whole point of the book she's reviewing is that "parenting" may be the wrong approach altogether and that people who are raising children should focus less on "parenting" and more simply on "being parents." "To be a parent," as Christakis suggests, "is to be in a loving and nurturing relationship with a young child, not unlike a gardener who tends the soil in which a variety of seedlings are given the ingredients to thrive." If you're raising a child and in any way wondering how to imagine your best possible role, both the book review and the book itself should be of keen interest.