I recently read about this concept, which Charlotte Mason describes best in a PNEU article she wrote titled “Mother Culture.”
The wisest woman I ever knew–the best wife, the best mother, the best mistress, the best friend–told me once, when I asked her how, with her weak health and many calls upon her time, she managed to read so much, ‘I always keep three books going–a stiff book, a moderately easy book, and a novel, and I always take up the one I feel fit for!’ That is the secret; always have something ‘going’ to grow by. If we mothers were all ‘growing’ there would be less going astray among our boys, less separation in mind from our girls.”
I roll this term around in my mouth, I breathe it in deeply, and let it seep into my brain as I soaked in all the goodness. I’m not sure if your aware but “motherhood” is not what it once was, for the majority it has changed quite a bit. Society seems to be changing at an alarming rate working towards progressive social changes. What was once right is now wrong and what was once wrong is now right. The art of motherhood has gone by the wayside for many, it has been revised, dumbed down, and turned into twaddle. In certain social situations it is uncanny how being mother has become a burden, what has driven us to this point? How can we revive the lost art of motherhood?
I am aware of the general modern view on motherhood. I was at a fork in the road a few years ago when I myself awoke to this spiraling down of motherhood. I chose to separate myself from it and turn a deaf ear should the demoralizing topics of children come up. I’ve immersed myself in the homeschooling community where I often find like minded mothers and now I continue to grow myself as a mother, as a wife, and as a women of God. I agree with Miss Mason’s sentiment that this is achieved by constantly reading and educating ourselves as mothers. Which is why I started a book study on Charlotte Mason’s Home Education in my (click on the grey link to join) Charlotte Mason Style Homeschooling group. I have enjoyed this so much and wish to find other mothers who would like to grow themselves in motherhood and join me in a mother culture book club.
The next book we plan to read together is A Pocket Full of Pine Cones by Karen Andreolas. This group book study is planned for spring 2018 and you can enter below for your chance to win a copy of the book we will be reading.
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We are all in different phases and stages in our journey as mothers but if you would like to join me in refining the art of motherhood then I welcome you to read along with me.
“Let me repeat, that I venture to suggest, not what is practicable in any household, but what seems to me absolutely best for the children; and that, in the faith that mothers work wonders once they are convinced that wonders are demanded of them.” (Charlotte Mason Vol. 1, pg.44.)