Disappointment is not the End

We’re in our second lockdown since you know what started. My 16 year old daughter is a keen swimmer and in normal times she swims multiple sessions a week. She loves the exercise, the competitive aspect of squads and the camaraderie of other swimmers. Fortunately, the Tokyo Olympics have filled some of the gap this … Continue reading Disappointment is not the End

Character, Disposition and the Formation of Habits

Reading through Charlotte Mason’s second volume, Parents and Children, I was jolted by some ideas that weren’t new to me, but came as a bit of an epiphany this time around.Even of you are only barely familiar with Charlotte Mason (CM) and her educational ideas, you probably know that habit formation is a cornerstone of … Continue reading Character, Disposition and the Formation of Habits

A 14 Year Old's Commonplace Book

It is very helpful to read with a commonplace book or reading-diary, in which to put down any striking thought in your author, or your own impression of the work, or of any part of it; but not summaries of facts. Such a diary, carefully kept through life, should be exceedingly interesting as containing the … Continue reading A 14 Year Old's Commonplace Book

Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell (1853)

    Ruth, Elizabeth Gaskell’s second book, was published in 1853 and is the surprisingly compassionate portrayal of a ‘fallen woman.' It contains elements that remind me of several books I’ve read:The Scarlet Letter (1850) with its religious hypocrisy; Tess of the d\'Urbervilles (1891), in that a naïve & vulnerable young woman is pressured into … Continue reading Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell (1853)

Formation of Character by Charlotte Mason – Part III

    The education of older children is the main focus of Part III of Charlotte Mason’s Formation of Character where she explores the positive and negative aspects of both school and home environments and the relationship between them. C.S. Lewis observed that, ‘Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing … Continue reading Formation of Character by Charlotte Mason – Part III

Formation of Character by Charlotte Mason: Parts 1 & 2

  The Formation of Character by Charlotte Mason has been one of my slow cooker reads over the past couple of years and I’ve finally finished it! The book contains studies related to character formation in children and consists of four parts plus an appendix. The first two parts took me probably twice as long … Continue reading Formation of Character by Charlotte Mason: Parts 1 & 2

Unconsidered Aspects of Moral Training: School Education by Charlotte Mason

  'We too are under authority and there are limitations to parental authority.'  School Education by Charlotte Mason     The limitations to the parental authority we exercise over our children in the area of moral training become more evident as our children mature. When our children are little we have broad overarching responsibilities which … Continue reading Unconsidered Aspects of Moral Training: School Education by Charlotte Mason

Ten Things to Make Time For

1)  Make time for teaching your children to be discerning cultural consumers - I stole this line and some of these thoughts from a Circe Podcast I listened to a while back, but it's something that I've been pondering all my Christian life. Many Christians tend to be black and white but life is full … Continue reading Ten Things to Make Time For

Integrity, Inclination, and Doing the Next Right Thing

If you subscribe to my blog via email, you will have noticed there's a little postscript at the end of each post:Do the next right thing... I adopted this little quote when I read it in a book by Elisabeth Eliot at the beginning of my mothering journey, and it has served me well, because … Continue reading Integrity, Inclination, and Doing the Next Right Thing

Intellectual Culture and a Boy's Commonplace Book

I've been encouraging Bengy, who has recently turned 15 years of age, to keep a commonplace book. In Sir Walter Scott's novel, Rob Roy (Ch II), there is an instructive example of how not to go about doing this. Frank Osbaldistone was a young man whose father was a man of business and he required … Continue reading Intellectual Culture and a Boy's Commonplace Book