Friday, March 23, 2012

A Comment on Charlotte Mason's Philosophy

Charlotte Mason emphasized the importance of children experiencing nature in all kinds of weather, including the rain and mud of spring. In theory, I agree with her completely.

In practice, though, I'd just like to point out that Ms. Mason did not have to do the laundry, mop the floors, or shampoo the carpet when everyone came back inside.


  1. We call this "Miss Mason meets reality." ;)

    I *have* found that certain habits help, like dropping boots in the garage (we do not have a mud room) before entering the house. But yes, their world with nurses and governesses and household servants of all kinds and making-a-menu-plan-mean-s-consulting-with-Cook was quite different from ours, washing machine or no washing machine!

  2. Oh, the mud, the mud. And Anthony can get into the sandbox by himself, and he did. And the shoes that just don't get dried out by the next adventure in mud. And some clothes just don't get clean so matter how much you wash them. And I consider myself more relaxed than I used to be about kids playing in mud.

  3. Brandy, we also don't have a mudroom. Or a garage. Sometimes we can leave shoes on the porch, but in days of real downpours even the porch isn't safe. My carpet is really a total loss. I'm just waiting for the kids to go to college before we replace it.

    H of B, I know what you mean about the mud. Some clothes end up in the "play clothes only at home" pile because it just won't come out. It doesn't help that our water is extremely hard.

    At least we were all out in the sunshine today.


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