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    Masterly Inactivity: Charlotte Mason Secrets to Successfully Leading Your Homeschool

    August 16, 2018 by Brandy Vencel

    For the past twelve months, the topic of Masterly Inactivity has been a passion of mine. I’ve traveled to speak (and gotten to meet a number of you fantastic ladies!) and one of the talks I gave in every city I went to was all about one of my favorite ideas I’ve gleaned from Charlotte Mason over the years: masterly inactivity.

    Masterly Inactivity: Charlotte Mason's Secret to Successfully Leading Your Homeschool

    Charlotte Mason once said:

    A blessed thing in our mental constitution is, that once we receive an idea, it will work itself out, in thought and act, without much after-effort on our part; and, if we admit the idea of ‘masterly inactivity’ as a factor in education, we shall find ourselves framing our dealings with children from this standpoint, without much conscious effort.

    School Education, p. 28

    This is why I call it a “secret.” If you really come to a deep understanding of masterly inactivity, and adopt it as a good idea, application will begin to flow into your daily interactions with your children like a dam letting water out. No one has to push that water out; it comes of its own accord. In the same way, you’ll see a million opportunities to be masterly inactive.

    Putting masterly inactivity to work in your home is a beautiful thing. You know that pressure release valve on top of your Instant Pot? All the pressure builds up inside — to the point where in most other situations it’d be dangerous — but you just flip that switch and all the pressure is let out in a safe and controlled manner. That is the power of masterly inactivity. When you start to live this way, it releases the pressure — it removes so much of the stress we build up in our dealings with our children.

    Want to Go Deep With Masterly Inactivity?

    Masterly Inactivity: Charlotte Mason's Secret to Successfully Leading Your Homeschool

    The talk I’ve been giving (you already own the video version if you purchased the Leading Well retreat in 2017) is now available in the Afterthoughts Shop. Wanna kick your school year off right? Try masterly inactivity! It’s not a hack — it’s a way of life. ♥

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  • Reply Wendy September 1, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Hi Brandy,
    What a wonderful concept in today’s world. I’m enjoying reading your blog as well as a few others and I’m impressed with the wisdom so many of you homeschooling moms process.
    I’m not young, my children are in their 30’s now. I didn’t homeschool them either, but they did go to a private Christian school.
    My son and his wife are expecting their first child in December. They both work and are very busy. She is pretty insistant on public school education. I have worked in public schools and I know what they’re like and it isn’t good, and they’re getting worse every year.
    I would love for her to home school this child or allow me to do it. I am trained and degreed in education.
    Any ideas on how to persuade her?

    • Reply Brandy Vencel September 5, 2018 at 3:33 pm

      Prayer! It is the Lord who changes hearts. ♥

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