Recovering from Homeschool Mom Burn-out

Charlotte Mason

Here is a link to an encouraging article that stands the test of time, written in the early 1800’s and published in “The Parents’ Review: A Monthly Magazine of Home-training and Culture” edited by Charlotte Mason. If you are not familiar with her, she was a British educator of the 19th century who wrote extensively on her philosophy and principles of education founded over her thirty year history as an educator. She established a teacher’s college in addition to a correspondence school for homeschool families. “The Parents’ Review” was a monthly magazine intended to support the parents of the students of the correspondence.

When I first read this article, entitled, “Mother Culture,” it fell like drops of rain on my thirsty soul. The author acknowledges that when we, as wives and mothers, pour out ourselves in a completely self-sacrificial way for our families we actually do them a great disservice.


Then it is that, in her efforts to be ideal wife, mother, and mistress, she forgets that she is herself. Then it is, in fact, that she stops growing.

As I did in my post yesterday, “Homeschool Mom Burn-out,” the author encourages mothers to pursue a personal life of growth.

…if we would do our best for our children, grow we must; and on our power of growth surely depends, not only our future happiness, but our future usefulness.

Please read and be nurtured by this woman’s wise words which reach out to you beyond the dimension of our time. I hope the article will help you grow into the woman God designed you to be.


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Charlotte Mason painted by Frederic Yates


Mother Culture