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I loved this quote, came across it while reading a blog – it’s by Charlotte Mason, who was a British educator that dedicated most of her life to improving children’s education. I researched her and found out that her theory revolved around a belief that children are born persons and should be respected as such. She also believed that they be taught the Way of the Will and the Way of Reason. Her motto for students was “I am, I can, I ought, I will.”

Very inspiring, and definitely applies to our children these days – they’re so determined, have strong willpower, and their own opinions even from an early age. They listen to reason and logic, and don’t respond well to the traditional “because I said so” anymore.

Here’s the quote: I’m sure you’ll appreciate it as much as I did.

“In this time of extraordinary pressure, educational and social, perhaps a mother’s first duty to her children is to secure for them a quiet and growing time, a full six years of passive receptive life, the waking part of it for the most part spent out in the fresh air.” ~Charlotte Mason