Little Sprouts and the Dao of Parenting Little Sprouts and the Dao of Parenting
Little Sprouts and the Dao of Parenting Little Sprouts and the Dao of Parenting

Little Sprouts and the Dao of Parenting

By Erin Cline

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Publication Date: April 20, 2021

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“A brilliant book, overflowing with wisdom.” —Philip J. Ivanhoe, author of Confucian Reflections

The ancient Chinese philosopher Mencius compared children to tender sprouts, shaped by soil, sunlight, water, and the efforts of patient gardeners. At times children require our protection, other times we must take a step back and allow them to grow. A practical parenting manual, philosophical reflection on the relationship between parent and child, and necessary response to modern stereotypes of Eastern parenting, Little Sprouts and the Dao of Parenting reconsiders cultural definitions of success and explores how we might support and nourish young people. Engaging deeply with foundational Daoist and Confucian thinkers, philosopher Erin Cline shows how we can strengthen innate virtues of compassion, generosity, and individuality in our own tender sprouts.

About the Author

Erin Cline is a professor of comparative ethics at Georgetown University, a senior research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and a mother of three. The author of four books that explore Chinese philosophy and theology, she lives in Washington, DC, with her family.

Format: Paperback

Length: 256 pages

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Publication Date: April 20, 2021

ISBN: 9780393541519

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