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…

Four Questions to Ask Yourself when Your Kids Don’t Listen
Charlotte Mason on Parenting | Family Relationships | Mom's Learning | Parenting | Philosophy

Four Questions to Ask Yourself when Your Kids Don’t Listen

Raise your hand if you wish your kids would listen better. And by listen, you mean follow instructions and do what you ask. The first time. If your hand is in the air, then mine is waving right next to yours. Sit in our house long enough and you will see plenty of examples of…

Using Your Home’s Atmosphere as an Educational Tool
Atmosphere, Discipline, Life | Home Education | Philosophy

Using Your Home’s Atmosphere as an Educational Tool

Sometimes you leave someone else’s house and you know that they have something special. They’ve created a home where a visitor is never an inconvenience, where the mess your kids make is never any trouble, where you feel welcome, comfortable, and able to let down your guard. You sense the hospitality and friendship. It is…

Impractical Faith: Worship is Sacrifice and Celebration
Books | Mom's Learning | Philosophy | Philosophy | Rest and Leisure

Impractical Faith: Worship is Sacrifice and Celebration

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Real Rest for Tired Moms

Sometimes I get the feeling that as Christians, we often look for ‘practicality’ as a way to determine the merit of an event or activity. A good sermon provides relatable application points. A good conference leaves you with motivation to make specific changes in your life. A good house group or Bible study gives you…

Finding Freedom from Work for Work’s Sake
Mom's Learning | Philosophy | Rest and Leisure

Finding Freedom from Work for Work’s Sake

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Real Rest for Tired Moms

Whenever I think of chains, as in prison chains, I remember a scene in Disney’s Robin Hood: Prince John has been arresting all the animals of the forest, and we see a few of them in their striped shirts and hats, walking along to the work camp, each with a cuff around an ankle, links…

Cool, Calm, and Contemplative: Deep Rest for Tired Moms
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Cool, Calm, and Contemplative: Deep Rest for Tired Moms

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Real Rest for Tired Moms

I have been blessed with babies and toddlers who were excellent nappers. Having two children under the age of two was very intense, but even in the early days, their afternoon naps would usually overlap. When everyone was a bit older, they took three-hour afternoon naps – at the same time, in the same room….

From Distraction to Leisure: Recapturing Peace in a Frenetic Culture
Learning at Home | Mom's Learning | Philosophy | Rest and Leisure

From Distraction to Leisure: Recapturing Peace in a Frenetic Culture

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Real Rest for Tired Moms

After my first son was born, I noticed something changed at church: I could no longer pay attention to the sermon. While disappointing, it wasn’t particularly surprising. I had responsibility for a little, fragile human who, in some ways, seemed an awful lot like a ticking time bomb. I never knew when he would sound…

Brain Science, Our Phones, and the Fight for Leisure
Learning at Home | Mom's Learning | Our Journey | Philosophy | Rest and Leisure

Brain Science, Our Phones, and the Fight for Leisure

One of my big reasons for homeschooling is to keep my children as intrinsically motivated as possible in their learning, something I’ve personally struggled with over the years. Because of this, when I noticed The Self-Driven Child (affiliate link) mentioned (a few times!) in a blog I follow, and in my Amazon recommendations, it caught my…

Work and Leisure as a Stay at Home Mom
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Work and Leisure as a Stay at Home Mom

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Real Rest for Tired Moms

As a young, single adult, my hope for my future was pretty clear: meet a charming man, get married, have kids, and stay at home to care for them. Inspired largely by my own mom, who stayed at home until my siblings and I were all at school, set a wonderful example for me, you…

Five Books, Twenty Minutes, One Charlotte Mason Friendly Home Preschool
Charlotte Mason and the Early Years | Home Education | Learning at Home | Literacy | Philosophy | Resources | Skills

Five Books, Twenty Minutes, One Charlotte Mason Friendly Home Preschool

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Charlotte Mason for the Early Years

In previous posts, I’ve covered both why we are doing preschool at home this year, and how we are keeping it in line with Charlotte Mason’s educational philosophy.  Now I’d like share the five books I have in our preschool basket. Each of these books is appropriate for my nearly four-year-old. Some are just a…