Get the exclusive (almost) Weekly Digest.

    Books & Reading, Educational Philosophy, Mother's Education

    The 2022 Fall Habit Trackers are Here

    September 9, 2022 by Brandy Vencel

    Get Your Mother Culture Habit Tracker Collection Now!

    What are we tracking?

    I like to remind you each time: What exactly are we tracking with these Mother Culture Habit Trackers? Since we can’t track nebulous things like “personal growth” or “feeding the soul with ideas,” we choose instead to track habits that lead to these sorts of ends. We define Mother Culture here according to the original article in The Parents’ Review: 30 minutes per day of reading. Maintain a stack of books (at least one of each) in three categories: stiff, moderately easy, and novel. When it’s time to read, pick up the book you feel fit for.

    It’s that simple!

    Need book ideas? Here is a recommendation for each category to get you started:

    Stiff Book:

    The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self by Carl Trueman

    Moderately Easy Book:

    For the Family’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay


    The Red Keep by Allen French

    Happy fall reading, friends!

    Educational Philosophy, Home Education, Mother's Education

    How to Break Out of the Materialist Mindset

    July 6, 2022 by Brandy Vencel

    Last week, we talked about having better conversations. Our main focus was on freezing up because we have difficulty explaining ourselves. Today’s post will naturally have an effect on conversations, too, but it’s more than that. This gets personal because we aren’t just confronting a materialist mindset when we are Out There in the World. We were raised in the world and we imbibed not only its good things, but also its poisons. That includes the materialist mindset. It’s inside Continue Reading…

    Educational Philosophy, Home Education, Mother's Education

    “I wish I could explain myself better.”

    July 1, 2022 by Brandy Vencel

    This. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard variations of this statement, especially in regard to homeschooling. The phrase comes up when we homeschool moms are trying to explain ourselves to well-intended relatives who question our decision to homeschool, our curriculum, our lifestyle, and more. It also comes up when homeschool moms are trying to talk to each other. I hear this a lot in the Charlotte Mason and classical community: How can I possibly explain what Continue Reading…

    Educational Philosophy, Mother's Education

    The Proper Care and Feeding of Teenagers: (Part 2: A Principle for Teens)

    June 27, 2022 by Brandy Vencel

    Last time, I talked about what I call the First Principle: We are nourishers. This is a first principle for mothers. I said in that post that Part 2 would focus on food, but I hadn’t considered what we need to cover before that: the first principle we need to teach our teens. It’s different with teens when compared to younger children; they have (rightfully so) more freedom and make more of their own decisions. Therefore, they need a principle Continue Reading…