Today Kathy Alphs reminds us of the importance of cultivating "Mother Culture" - especially in relation to the example we're setting for our children! Enjoy:
Mother Culture by Kathy Alphs
As I glanced at my monthly calendar, I found the following words staring me in the face: ballet lesson, Awana, piano lesson, art lesson, dance recital photos, dance recital rehearsal, dance recital, Milwaukee Ballet performance, Kids Choir musical, last day of school, and homeschool convention.” Just reading through our upcoming monthly schedule made me feel tired. Next, I began perusing my newsfeed on Facebook and a post from my friend’s page grabbed my attention, “If you're so focused on your kids' education that you're not getting one, and then you're telling and not showing. And if you're not getting one...nobody is getting one.” I felt like I cold water had been thrown in my face. This was the wake-up call I desperately needed to bring me to my senses. I knew I had to make time to participate in “Mother Culture.”
What is Mother Culture?
Nurturing Your Soul
In closing, I would like to leave you with these words as food for thought, “If we would do our best for our children, grow we must; and on our power of growth surely depends, not only our future happiness, but our future usefulness.”[iii]
[i] “The Parent’s Review,” “Mother Culture,” Volume 3, no. 2 1892/93, pgs. 92-95, courtesy of Ambleside Online.
[ii]Andreola, Karen, “A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning,” United States of America: Charlotte Mason Research and Supply, 1998.
[iii] Permission granted by Rachel Pinegar DeMille to quote Oliver DeMille from the “Thomas Jefferson Education” Face Book Group, 2014.
Thank you Kathy!
Thank you so much for sharing this Kathy! It's such an important reminder, especially as we get into the summer months (which tend to always be more hectic than we anticipate!). The post reminded me of this clever little gif that I thought you all would enjoy!
When you’re really into a new book and just want to spend all your time reading it, but you have to put together lesson plans and cook dinner: