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Mondays with Miss Mason–H for Habits

October 17, 2011

Note: this post is part of an ongoing series. For more information on Charlotte Mason and Mondays with Miss Mason, please read the first post.


“Habit begins as a cobweb and ends as a cable.”

Habits are a quintessential aspect of a Charlotte Mason education.  There is much to say on the subject, and I have addressed habits, here, here and here.


The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days; while she who lets their habits take care of themselves has a weary life of endless friction with the children. All day she is crying out, ‘Do this!’ and they do it not; ‘Do that!’ and they do the other. ‘But,’ you say, ‘if habit is so powerful, whether to hinder or to help the child, it is fatiguing to think of all the habits the poor mother must attend to. Is she never to be at ease with her children?’ (from Vol. 1)

Smooth and Easy Days! Still working on those, but as Miss Mason says, the training in habit can become a habit.  If you want to read more about habits, I highly recommend Simply Charlotte Mason’s free ebook on the topic and her Laying Down the Rails guide.

I definitely struggle in this area with training my children–especially in the day-to-day habits of orderliness, etc.  I think it is because my own habits in those area aren’t great. I’ve spent the past year trying to improve them b/c you really can’t give what you don’t have.  We are making more progress in the mental habits like attention but it is very easy to slip back as our two-week illness showed.

What habit are you working on? How do you get your kids on board?





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