Today MacKenzie is chatting about Mother Culture with the lovely Brandy Vencel of the Afterthoughts Blog. While the term “Mother Culture” was coined by Charlotte Mason, the concept applies to ALL moms – not just homeschool moms! The first mention of Mother Culture was in The Parent’s Review (a Charolette Mason magazine) in the Late 1800’s. So, what is it? Simply explained, it is 30 minutes a day of reading. You select 3 different kinds of books to choose from to fit the mood of your day- a stiff book, a moderately easy book, and a novel. Why all the reading? It boils down to the fact that just because we’re mamas – doesn’t mean we have to stop learning and enjoying learning.
Brandy began blogging because it supported, and held her accountable to, her mother culture. A blog was the perfect place to process what she was reading and learning. But blogging is not for everyone – think about your current season. Where can accountability come from for you to read? Where and how can you work through what you are reading and learning? Look for time you can use – while kids are in sports, dance, appointments, etc. Don’t wait until you have the perfect setting or a chance of time, just do a little bit several times a day!