Monday, July 20, 2009

A Word of Encouragement

It is easy to think that teaching your child can be done better by someone else - someone smarter, someone with more training, someone with more material resources. It is easy to become discouraged when a child struggles, when he just doesn't get it, when things don't go according to plan. But your child was given to you. My children are my responsibility - a great and awesome thing, fearful, yet filling me with joy.
Charlotte Mason writes this quote in Home Education. It is a word of encouragement.
"The mother is qualified," says Pestalozzi, "and qualified by the Creator Himself, to become the principle agent in the development of her child; . . . and what is demanded of her is - a thinking love. . . . God has given to thy child all the faculties of our nature, but the grand point remains undecided - how shall this heart, this head, these hands, be employed? to whose service shall they be dedicated? A question the answer to which involves a futurity of happiness or misery to a life so dear to thee. Maternal love is the first agent in education."


  1. Your post makes me weepy - what an incredible gift and responsibility we've been given as mamas. Thank you for the reminder...

  2. OH my! I just read that part in "Home Education" two nights ago, and it made SUCH an impression on me. I was shocked when I stopped by to visit here and saw that you had written about it and quoted it.

    Thanks so much for the reminder of it though. I need to read this every day, I suppose all homeschooling moms do, to remind them of their high calling by our Creator. And that we are the BEST teacher for our children.


  3. Thank you for posting these words. In our modern society of experts-of-this and specialists-of-that it isn't easy sometimes.

  4. Love that!
    And this is why homeschooling the kids makes it all worth it.
    Thanx for the reminder and encouragement.