Mother Culture

A mother and child looking at the Virgin and Child, by British painter Reginald Bottomley (1856-1933)

It is written somewhere, “A mother is only a woman, but she needs the love of Jacob, the patience of Job, the wisdom of Moses, the foresight of Joseph, and the firmness of Daniel.” But a mother has not only to have all these things; she must have them all at once . . . The wisest woman I ever knew–the best wife, the best mother, the best mistress, the best friend–told me once, when I asked her how, with her weak health and many calls upon her time, she managed to read so much, “I always keep three books going–a stiff book, a moderately easy book, and a novel, and I always take up the one I feel fit for!” That is the secret; always have something “going” to grow by . . .  It would seem as if we mothers often simply made for ourselves the difficulties we find in after life by shutting our minds up in the present. What we need is a habit of taking our minds out of what one is tempted to call “the domestic rag-bag” of perplexities, and giving it a good airing in something which keeps it “growing.” A brisk walk will help. But, 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.

Is there, then, not need for more “Mother Culture”?

(Mother Culture Parents Review, by. A., edited by Charlotte Mason)

We believe a mother who pursues the life long habit of self-education does more for family and loved ones than the most notable universities. It is our hearts desire to bring together a community of women in the Christian faith who are hungry for a deeper understanding of the world around them.  We also believe all knowledge comes from God and that by studying the arts and humanities, the classics of literature and poetry, the biographies and histories of those who have gone before us, and the natural sciences we are experiencing the greatness of His glory.

Mother Culture is open to any mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, sister, and mature young lady who has a desire to pursue a life-long habit of self-education. During our meetings, we will discuss the books, artists or musicians we are studying that month. The selections for the month following will be discussed and finalized before each meeting is adjourned.

For some tidbits on how to manage a vast amount of reading please refer to Reading: Divide and Conquer.