A mother’s education is her own responsibility.
Charlotte Mason for Moms | Mom's Learning

A mother’s education is her own responsibility.

This entry is part 10 of 20 in the series Mother Culture Road Map

In the previous post in this series, I addressed a lie prevalent in our culture: that knowledge is only valuable to us as far as we are able to make use of it. If you weren’t convinced, just consider the messages our culture sends: A mother who ‘just’ wants to stay at home is wasting…

Mothers need more than tips, tricks, and facts.
Charlotte Mason for Moms | Rest and Leisure

Mothers need more than tips, tricks, and facts.

This entry is part 9 of 20 in the series Mother Culture Road Map

‘Mom, where are my socks?’‘I can’t find my t-shirt.’‘Where did my screwdriver go?’‘Mommy, drink?’I always thought my mom’s ability to know the location of every missing item in our house was a superpower. Now that I have my own husband and kids, I know that’s not quite right. It’s not a superpower as much as…

Mothers need to feed their minds.
Charlotte Mason for Moms

Mothers need to feed their minds.

This entry is part 8 of 20 in the series Mother Culture Road Map

Sometimes, I find motherhood is a bit mind-numbing. Maybe it’s particularly related to having young children: there is a lot of repetition. Repeating instructions, repeating tasks, repeating stories, repeating games. It is a special sort of exhaustion. It is hard to do the same thing, over and over again. It’s little wonder that when the…

A  mother’s habits shape her character.
Charlotte Mason for Moms

A mother’s habits shape her character.

This entry is part 7 of 20 in the series Mother Culture Road Map

[sc name=”Habit Training Workshop”] If there is one false impression I took from the enormous stack of Christian marriage books that I read during my engagement, it’s that getting married puts you on the fast track to sanctification – and there is nothing else you need to do. Becoming more Christlike will happen as you…

A mother’s life is naturally educational.
Charlotte Mason for Moms | Uncategorized

A mother’s life is naturally educational.

This entry is part 6 of 20 in the series Mother Culture Road Map

I am approaching my sixth year of motherhood, and if there is one thing that I’ve learned, it’s to recognize the rub of sanctification in my heart. I sit down with a book and a cup of tea, the toddler down for a nap, my eldest decides he needs three knots tied in a piece…

Atmosphere, discipline, and life are the means of a mother’s growth.
Charlotte Mason for Moms | Uncategorized

Atmosphere, discipline, and life are the means of a mother’s growth.

This entry is part 5 of 20 in the series Mother Culture Road Map

What do we do with the ideas we have been given through Charlotte Mason’s principles 1-4? We can accept that we were born – and still are – persons, that we are on a long journey of sanctification and that our character is still a work in progress. We feel the pull of both authority…

Mother culture is an act of self-respect.
Charlotte Mason for Moms | Uncategorized

Mother culture is an act of self-respect.

This entry is part 4 of 20 in the series Mother Culture Road Map

Most of us are familiar with the idea of self-care. “Mom, you need to take care of yourself. Set apart some me-time. Go out for coffee. Get a manicure. Eat a snack so that you don’t get hangry. Sleep when the baby sleeps (lovely idea, until you have more than one).” The underlying idea says,…

Mothers are called to both authority and obedience.
Charlotte Mason for Moms

Mothers are called to both authority and obedience.

This entry is part 3 of 20 in the series Mother Culture Road Map

Throughout high school and university, I acquired more than enough ‘leadership experience’ to fill a resume. After all, teachers, professors, and counselors touted leadership as essential to any future success. But despite this emphasis on leading others, I did not find stepping into the leadership role of ‘motherhood’ natural. Before children, I worked with groups…

A mother’s character is not fixed. It is a work in progress.
Charlotte Mason for Moms

A mother’s character is not fixed. It is a work in progress.

This entry is part 2 of 20 in the series Mother Culture Road Map

I concluded in the last post that as moms, we need to rise to the challenge of continuing our own education. Mother culture, loosely defined, is time we spend seeking out and taking in those ideas, usually through reading living books. But like most living things, our minds need a direction to grow in. If…

Mothers were born – and still are – persons.
Charlotte Mason for Moms | Uncategorized

Mothers were born – and still are – persons.

This entry is part 1 of 20 in the series Mother Culture Road Map

I have always wanted to be a mom. The stay-at-home variety, like my own mother. Given this fact, you might assume that my first child brought me complete contentment. I imagine that you know better than to make this assumption. Indeed, I became a mother, but contentment remained at bay. I loved my son, had…