Charlotte Mason on Habits

Charlotte Mason’s works supply us with loads of information on habits.  Habits don’t just happen; you must be purposeful in setting them throughout daily life.

“Educate the child in right habits and the man’s life will run
in them, without the constant wear and tear of the moral effort
of decision. Once, twice, three times in a day, he will still, no
doubt, have to choose between the highest and the less high,
the best and the less good course. But all the minor moralities
of life may be made habitual to him. He has been brought up
to be courteous, prompt, punctual, neat, considerate; and he
practises these virtues without conscious effort” (Vol. 2, p. 124).

“The mother devotes herself to the formation of one habit at
a time, doing no more than keep watch over those already
formed” (Vol. 1, p. 136).

Charlotte’s own writings can be found free on Ambleside Online here.  Also, there is a wonderful book compiled by Sonya Shafer with many of Charlotte’s writings on habits in an organized way available at Simply Charlotte Mason here.  They also have a free e-book called Smooth and Easy Days.

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