This post is sponsored by Circe Institute
I love to read encouraging books for mothers. Because life is busy I often find myself just skimming through books, and I don’t take the time to read a book from cover to cover.
There are the exceptions though. It’s the time when I open up a book and I find myself instantly lost in the words on the pages, and I just can’t put it down! The last two books that were like this for me were The Life Giving Home and Teaching From Rest.
It’s happened again. And it’s a book that I haven’t heard much talk about, so chances are that you are not aware of what you are missing out on.
And that would be a shame.
Because the longer time goes on, the more I truly see how desperately women need encouragement. We need to be reminded of what really matters, and what we can let go of.
So here goes…the reveal of the book you must read!
Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins is written mainly to homeschooling moms, though others might find it refreshing as well. Cindy is one of the pioneer homeschooling moms having started her homeschool journey in the 1980’s. This book tells her life story of raising her 9 children, and the sometimes bumpy, sometimes smooth sailing road she walked on.
Cindy does not spend page after page exalting all the good things she did for her children growing up. Instead she gives you a look into their real life, what actually happened as she learned how to be a homeschooling mother and how to raise 8 sons (!!!) and 1 daughter. Her humbleness is what really stood out to me. You can tell she wants other mothers to learn from her mistakes and life lessons.
Morning time and the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling is talked about quite a bit, so if you are strictly a textbook homeschooler you should be aware of that before you order the book.
Cindy raised her children in the conservative homeschooling movement the same time I was growing up. It was so interesting to read through some of her thoughts on issues that were hot topics 20 years ago. They still are topics discussed today, but I think some families have learned over the years not to be so strict in their interpretations of these issues. Cindy does not expound page after page on these issues, but what she does say is so pointed and truthful.
Cindy talks about grammar problems, morning time struggles, puberty issues with boys, the struggles of fixing up an old house, moving from house to house, how they learned from books, giving birth 9 times, and multiple other topics of interest to the homeschooling mother!
If you read through this book, make sure you have a highlighter in hand and a notebook to jot down thoughts. I’m using a Webster’s Color Crush planner and notebook.
If morning time is something you want to start doing in your homeschool day, or you just need new ideas, her little handbook on morning time is good to grab! It gives specific ideas on Bible time, poetry time, singing, Shakespeare and more.
If you need more ideas on morning time and what it even is, I wrote about it here.