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Creating Worthwhile Habits

September 28, 2010 | Comments: 0 | Views: 178

When you think of the word "habit," what do you think of? Did you realize that if you look up the word "habit" in the dictionary, there are precisely 11 different definitions for that word alone? Well I want to talk to you about a specific kind of "habit." The kind of "habit" that Charlotte Mason refers to in her teachings.

What is the exact definition of a Charlotte Mason "habit?" If you look it up at, it says this..."an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary."

So, just how to we obtain these wonderful "habits" that Charlotte Mason talks of? Well obviously, from reading what Miss Mason says, it is going to take some hard work, but also, the earlier in our child's lives that we get started initiating good habits, the more beneficial it will be to us over all. I do not believe that Miss Mason felt, by any means, that it is ever "too late" to accomplish a new or better habit at any age or stage of life though. However, it is something that has to be worked on, and not just once, but over, and over, and over until it is engrained in our minds and actions. In fact, Miss Mason believes that to truly have a habit engrained in to your life, you must focus on one habit at a time, and focus on it for six to eight weeks at best. Then, go on to the next habit, and the next, and the next.

Now sit back and think to yourself...what habits have you already engrained into your children that you are pleased with? Don't concentrate on the negative ones yet, but just the admirable ones. Start out positively and think of ones your children already know. Here are a few that we are pleased that our children have learned.

1. They know how to clean, run and manage a home. 2. How to care for children of all ages. 3. How to pay their bills and manage their money wisely. 4. To care for animals of all kinds, and to do the best for them by supplying their needs.

Now what might be some that you desire to ingrain in your children? Traits like immediate obedience, being habitually truthful, not goofing around when you've asked them to do something, or even something as simple as not only brushing their teeth before bed every night, but also every morning after breakfast?

To learn more about Miss Mason and the habit formations that she speaks of, these sites will tremendously help learn just how to go about this. Take the time to learn for yourself, and then begin applying these new habits right away.

"Article by Kelly Benedict, longtime homeschooler of 17+ years, wife, Mama of 9 and grandmother of 6 (so far), dog breeder and writer.

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