We all want our homeschooling days to be smooth and easy. Sonya Shafer of Simply Charlotte Mason explains that smooth and easy days start with good habits.
Think about it: character is a result of habit. If a person is known for being truthful—having a truthful character—it’s because he is habitually truthful, not truthful only once in a while or only when he feels like it.
“As has been well said,‘Sow an act, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny’ ” (Vol. 2, p. 124)….
“Strong as nature is, habit is not only as strong, but tenfold as strong” (Vol. 1, p. 105) [quoting Charlotte Mason]. Your child can overcome his natural tendencies by intentionally instilling good habits in his life. (And so can you.)
Smooth & Easy Days is a 45-page free download that shows us how to help our children develop good habits. Guess what? It is no surprise that it starts with us!
- How to avoid nagging.
- Developing consistency.
- Applying appropriate consequences.
- Being encouraging.
- Being patient in realizing that developing a good habit is a process.
- Being intentional.
“Habit is inevitable. If we fail to ease life by laying down habits of right thinking and right acting, habits of wrong thinking and wrong acting fix themselves of their own accord” (Vol. 6, p. 101) [quoting Charlotte Mason].
At the end of the book is a list of habits our children can work on. But before you become overwhelmed, remember, habits develop one at a time.