I have had a week now to process some of the most encouraging, useful, applicable, and peaceful discussions on creating and enjoying an atmosphere in my home that allows my family to enjoy learning and living together.
I attended a three day Charlotte Mason conference last week, and it was wonderful! My husband and I have been pursing Charlotte Mason’s philosophies of educating our children and of living a life deeply rooted in Scripture and God’s beauty.
‘Children are born persons; they are not blank slates…who have the potential of becoming persons. They already are persons.’ (Charlotte Mason, Volume 6.)
I’m not schooling my children at this point, but I am creating an atmosphere in my home. (whether I intend to or not.) I was refreshed and recharged to shape an atmosphere in my home that allows my family to enjoy learning and living together.
I was encouraged to stay the course on long term habit training with my children. I was reminded to look at our home and change the course as needed or stay the course by offering repetition and encouragement.
Most of all, I can continue looking at my children through the lens of Scripture. They are whole persons. They are image bearers of Christ.
+express gratitude toward them.
+affirm them in who they are.
+remind and model correct responses to hard situations.
+use few words.
+allow my children to participate in everything I do.
Are my children in tears everyday? Then what can I change?
What kind of life do I want for my children? Do I want getting up in the morning to be a joyful experience for them? Do I want breakfasts to be crazy and hectic and unhealthy? So many habits of the heart and mind and body to train and guide!
‘All of us share in the knowledge of trust set forth in God’s Word. In every era and culture, children are persons; they should be served with respect. They are not parts in a machine. Not only does each have a name, but each is different from another; each has strengths and weaknesses; each will appreciate and relate to the richness of life in individual ways.’ (Elaine Cooper, When Children Love to Learn, page 30)