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If Aristotle's Kid Had an iPod [Kindle Edition]

Conor Gallagher
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Book Description

You've never seen Aristotle like this! In "If Aristotle's Kid Had an iPod: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents", Gallagher dusts off Aristotle's "Ethics" and reveals a vibrant, illuminating philosophy no less powerful and profound than when it was first penned. Aristotle's philosophy of man has endured for millenia. The truth of Aristotle's insights has been acknowledged by Saints and scholars, illustrated in literature and pop culture, even empirically demonstrated by modern science. But you've never seen it like this. Gallagher masterfully weaves Aristotle, scientific studies, pop culture, and parenting tales together making "If Aristotle's Kid Had an iPod: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents" a funny, rich, and informative read, and an indispensible guide for any parent who wants to pass on the secrets of a happy life to their kids.

Editorial Reviews


"Gallagher's book is brilliant because of its common sense, which is very uncommon these days. But he doesn't stop there. He show Moms and Dads how to practically apply age-old advice to everyday life in the 21st century." 
- Teresa Tomeo, Syndicated talk show host and best-selling author

"There's no better authority on human nature than Aristotle, and his recipe for finding lasting fulfillment in life has never been more timely. Conor Gallagher take this ancient wisdom and applies it to contemporary child-rearing with clarity and humor. Vivid examples and descriptions of recent research make this book a pleasure to read. If you plan to read just one book on how to raise confident, virtuous, and well-rounded children make it this one."
- Laura L. Garcia, Ph.D. Scholar in Residence, Philosophy Department, Boston College  

"Conor Gallagher has written a wonderful book - and by that I mean it is both inspired by wonder, and it encourages wonder in the parents to whom it is addressed. He brings Aristotle - and Tolkien and Star Wars - into a lively conversation with modern parents, in language that is precise, straightforward, and winsome." - Anthony Esolen, author of Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of your Child

From the Back Cover

Bonus Features: 

- Take "Aristotle's 32-Question Parenting Assessment Test"
- Is your kid an Icarus? Help your kid fly straight with "The Virtue Assessment for Kids (And Parents Too!)"
- Brush up on your knowledge with "Aristotle's Dictionary for Parents" and an extensive Notes section
- Roll up your sleeves and get to work with the "Aristotle in Action" scenarios

Product Details

  • File Size: 455 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1618904140
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Saint Benedict Press (September 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #625,029 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Monica
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful, easy-to-read and entertaining book that explains Aristotle's writings and applies them to modern parenting. I'm buying a couple more for holiday gifts.

1) My husband read it *unasked* (he normally does not read parenting books) and I overheard him recommending it to someone. How could he not, with references to Star Wars characters, Lord of the Rings characters, the Dog Whisperer, and Zeigfreid and Roy? Not to mention The Marshmallow Test, the Zimbardo experiment (the Stanford prison), and the Milgram Experiment (the shock one). It's just a fun read!

2) Like another reviewer, I broke out the highlighter and the pen, and ended up writing a few notes on a blank page. It's that good.

3) The author is Catholic, and the book is consistent with Catholicism, but book is not about interpreting Aristotle through a Catholic lens. This book is for all engaged parents, and especially for those who are trying to deal with raising kids who are heavily marketed to in our current grow-up-too-soon and consumerism culture.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Fresh, Timely, and 100% Catholic! November 17, 2012
Can you imagine taking parenting advice from a philosopher. What in the world could 21st century parents possibly learn from Aristotle?

Amazingly, there is a lot that Aristotle can teach us as parents, If Aristotle's Kid Had an iPod: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents by Conor Gallagher tells modern Catholic parents how to use centuries-old advice in a practical way. This book covers topics such as friendship, religion, and happiness while offering stories and anecdotes to bring the ideas home for weary parents.

I have read A LOT of parenting books in the past 13 years since I became a mother and none have been as enjoyable and easy to read as this one. It is rare that I break out my highlighter while reading a parenting book but I only made it through the first chapter before I decided to start again with highlighter in hand. The ideas presented in this book were fresh and made me want to read more. The best part of all is that this book is completely Catholic and helps parents lead their children down the path to holiness. There were a few times while reading this book- for instance, when the author compared friendship to Star Wars and Lord of the Rings characters- that I thought that this book would be a perfect read for dads. I highly recommend this book for moms and dads with children of all ages.

(St. Benedict Press/ TAN Books offered this book to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous, Good Advice For Parents! January 17, 2013
I met the author, Conor Gallagher, in Dallas at the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show and his personality is as engaging as his book. The title and cover illustration of "If Aristotle's Kid Had an iPod" just grabs you!

Although Gallagher claims that he is not an expert in parenting I'm sure that his young eight kids have taught him plenty! One learns in this book about philosophy, history, and parenting without even knowing it because his writing style is familiar and so witty! I like how he takes lessons from Bible history to movies such as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. I thought Chapter 7: The Three Types of Friendship, was worth reading to my teenagers. My favorite quote that summarizes the essence of the book is:
"As a parent, you must reach down inside your child's character and pull the ability out. It is, in a sense, giving birth to excellence."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just another parenting book? Not quite... November 10, 2012
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As the parent of two young teenagers, I often come across parenting books that seem intriguing. How could this title "If Aristotle's Kid Had an IPod" not grab my attention? My kids have iPods, Xboxes, way too many modern influences. So what is a caring, loving parent to do? Gallagher seems to hit the nail on the head with his application of Aristote's philosophies to modern day parenting. Yes, it is common sense, and yes, it seems easy when he lays it out as he does. But it's not so easy, and it is not so common to raise our children in this secular world. As Gallagher himself points out, this is not necessarily a Christian based guide, but he shows how Aristotle's teachings really are relevant to our world today. And interestingly, not at all in conflict with Judeo-Christian values. In fact, extremely complimentary (especially interesting given that Aristotle did not benefit from any divine revelation).

Reading this book was enlightening, and well, well worth the time. You do not have to be a learned philosopher to get through it, but you will learn a lot about ancient philosophy, which has weathered the test of time. And you just may learn something about raising your kids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible and Important May 10, 2013
By Kristi
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As a poli sci geek, I love the references to Aristotle. But Gallagher has made this so readable, it is accessible to even non-geeks. He's a great writer, sprinkling anecdotes and other stories in, while weaving really clear references back to the core of Aristotle's teachings on how to be a virtuous person. I try to highlight only the most "lightbulb" phrases, but I've ended up turning almost the whole book yellow.
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A popular internet parenting meme is "Steve Jobs didn't let his kids have an iPad." I've never taken the click-bait since I don't have any idea whether Jobs was a good parent or not. Sure, he's a brilliant entrepreneur and a smart guy, but that doesn't make him a good dad. Then I saw the title of this book and knew I wanted to read it. Aristotle did have a son, Nicomacheus, for whom his Nicomachean Ethics is named. Unlike Jobs, Aristotle does have a legacy of human education and perfection. But is it relevant in today's times?

Conor Gallagher argues that Aristotle's legacy is relevant today. He follows the Nicomachean Ethics but uses modern scientific studies and pop culture to show the validity of Aristotle. Gallagher cites various fascinating psychological experiments from the 1960s (including Milgram's Experiment, where people kept delivering electric shocks to strangers just because they were ordered to, and The Stanford Experiment, where students volunteered to role play a prison for two weeks and those playing guards became abusive and authoritarian while the "prisoners" broke down) showing how people can make rapid shifts in their moral behavior based on external circumstances. He explains Aristotle's four moral characters (the virtuous, the strong-willed, the weak-willed, and the vicious) by showing how Socrates, Frodo Baggins, King David, and Darth Vader are examples of each.

Gallagher shows the relevance to parenting too. Aristotle's system depends on developing virtues (which are good habits of acting) and fostering true friendships (where friends seek the good of the other, not their own good). Children are bundles of passions that need to be guided by reason.
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For good parents, this book reinforces common sense parenting. There are no revelations, but solid advice for keeping kids and parents on track.
Published 15 months ago by Stan B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I chose this book because my son loves philosophy and this was a way to connect with him.
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Published 15 months ago by Gail McCrory
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Old wisdom combined with modern life. The chapter on friendship was a good reminder for helping kids navigate the waters of finding and making good friends.
Published 17 months ago by Rebecca Brubaker
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This is the best "parenting" book I've read. I can't put it down. It is very deep but also easy to read and entertaining. I highly recommend it, even if you don't have kids.
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