Habits and Character: Thoughts from Charlotte Mason


What do you think of when you hear the terms habit training and character development? I have to admit that I tended to feel negatively toward those terms because it seems they’d been used as a weapon against children. Something to “tame” them or exert control. That runs contrary to what I want to do with my children — I want gentleness, respect, and love to be our guiding principles.

After reading Charlotte Mason’s ideas on education, I realized that these terms could be used in a very positive way, more in line with my own thinking on gentle parenting.

“Let children alone… the education of habit is successful in so far as it enables the mother to let her children alone, not teasing them with perpetual commands and directions – a running fire of Do and Don’t; but letting them go their own way and grow, having first secured that they will go the right way and grow to fruitful purpose.”
― Charlotte M. Mason

Charlotte Mason: Habit Training and Character Building | free printable habit tracker
I’ve written a guest post in the 20 Days of Charlotte Mason Homeschooling on this topic. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to stop over and read it.

How Habit Training Cultivates Character and Responsibility

I’ve also created a free printable Habits Tracker that you can download right here:


Charlotte Mason inspired free printable habit tracker | homeschooling

How do you approach habit training and character development? Do you agree with Charlotte Mason?



Sara (325 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.

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