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."
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7 comments:

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

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  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.

    Blessings,
    Melissa
    www.homeschoolblogger.com/melissal89

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

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

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