Don’t Let Comparison Kill You!

The Braids An excerpt from ‘Moments On Mothering’ – Reflective inspiration from one mother to another I often must sacrifice my own needs and desires for the purpose of giving my children what they need and modelling for them the depths of Christ’s love – Sally Clarkson I was recently scanning Instagram – I like to…

The Struggle Is Real – Sunday Morning Mothering!

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! Psalm 95:6  One from the 2015 archives; I was reminded of the importance of it again during worship this morning. I’m calling out to every Sunday morning mother who has thought ‘why do I bother coming?’ Roughly calculated I reckon…

Truth Around The Table – More On The Morning Gathering

“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden Yesterday on The Charlotte Mason Show I shared about the power of short lessons as well as the our morning home school routine otherwise known as ‘Boden’s assemble’, ‘morning basket’…

Poetry Teatime – Creating A Language Rich Environment

When you pair poetry with tea, your children create a connection between contemplation and rest – Julia Bogart Yes, we are a tea drinking nation so this was a pretty natural move for me (smile); our home education has been established over pots of tea around our dining room table but there’s something quite special…

My Year Of Paying Attention!

To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work – Mary Oliver Happy New Year to all those who spare a moment to click across to my space here on the big wide web; I appreciate your support, encouragement and friendship, both spoken loudly in real life or quietly whispered through your comments. I pray…

The Power Of Atmosphere

“Without atmosphere a painting is nothing.” ― Rembrandt We’ve all heard the phrase ‘more things are caught, not taught’, but we forget it so often in our parenting, educating and home making. Atmosphere is a powerful tool when building a home and raising children. I wasn’t home educated, and actually I don’t have many stand-out…

A Reflection On Rest

“Rest and be thankful.” ― William Wordsworth I am totally your classic ‘always something to do’ gal; I would have been your nightmare manager at McDonald’s (never actually worked there…I was a Pizza Hut waitress through my university days though) singing gleefully on an early shift ‘if you’ve got time to lean, you’ve got time…

5 Ways Charlotte Mason Has Impacted My Life #themasoneffect

We should always have something worthwhile to think about, that we may not let our minds dwell upon unworthy matters – Charlotte Mason My interest in the life and works of Charlotte Mason stems from early on in my research before embarking on actually teaching our children at home. I often still feel in the…

The Practice Of ‘Morning Time’

A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live – Bertrand Russell After 8 years of educating my children I can wholly confirm that the atmosphere and rhythms of our home are critical for the flow, discipline and peace…

Why Home Educating Is Actually All About Me – Part 1

It’s that familiar time of year again; the hedgerow berries are turning from red to black, the swallows are silent as they retreat back to Africa and my body and soul are eager to find that familiar, comforting rhythm of routine. I can smell Autumn in the air through the last attempts of a British…