Welcome to Mother Culture Monday #3
How did you do carving out a few minutes for yourself this past week?
I did some time wasting, but for future reference, I’d like to be more intentional about my “Mother Culture Minute” and do something that really feeds me. The goal here is to do something to grow on, not just to take a break and space out, or worse yet, put energy into something that isn’t a benefit to some aspect of your being. (ahem…I will be the first to admit I have a little Facebook problem, which does have some benefits, but is mostly just a drain on time and energy)
Let’s take a peek at Merriam-Webster’s third and fourth definitions of “Culture”.
3. expert care and training (beauty culture)
4. enlightenment and excellence of taste acquired by intellectual and aesthetic training : acquaintance with and taste in fine arts, humanities, and broad aspects of science as distinguished from vocational and technical skills (a person of culture)
The word “training” comes up more than once. I take that to mean that culture can refer to education. In this case it can be self-education via reading, listening to lectures, practicing new skills, or for those of us who are really good at carving out time, taking a class.
What specifically should we be reading, listening to and practicing? Well that depends on your lifestyle, and values, but here are some thoughts.
“The mother cannot devote herself too much to this kind of reading, not only that she may read tit-bits to her children about matters they have come across, but that she may be able to answer their queries and direct their observations. ” Charlotte Mason
The above quote is in reference to Nature Studies, (which I highly recommend even if you are not pursuing a strictly CM education for your children) but I think it can be applied across the spectrum of your family’s interests. To paraphrase Miss Mason, your children will adore you for knowing what they want to know.
“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. If we mothers were all “growing” there would be less going astray among our boys, less separation in mind from our girls.” The Parents Review Vol, 3 no. 2
I think it’s important to not only read and practice things that fill our “Mothering Toolbox”, but also things that fill our own cups. Here are a few ideas:
- Read scripture
- Read inspirational fiction
- Read inspirational non-fiction or biographies
- Take up a handicraft in which you make something beautiful
- Write in a journal
- Write REAL letters to friends
- Prayer and meditation
As to reading, one note for myself is that I want to lean back toward hard copies rather than Kindle versions. The feel and smell of a real book adds to the experience for me, aside from the dubious effect of too much screen time.
What will you do to fill your cup this week?