I found it interesting that the last time we hosted this carnival, last spring, the theme was "The Way of the Will," an idea closely related to this chapter. From the introduction to that carnival: "Using our wills, making choices, and communicating those ideas to our children, gives us a different and deeper perspective on our teaching, on our parenting, and even on the problems we face ourselves." Moral training is also about passing on certain ideas of character, authority, and duty: recognizing them "as universal and inevitable in the moral world as is that of gravitation in the physical." If I jump from a tree, I'll fall to the ground; if I defy the necessity of moral authority, I will likewise cause myself unnecessary pain. But, Miss Mason says, those natural laws are there to protect children (and parents) rather than to enslave them or terrify them (or us).
All that said, it is sometimes hard to know when to hold the boundaries, and when to let them go, especially if we get the pouty bat face.
Charlotte Mason agrees that "that most delicate and beautiful of human possessions, an educated conscience, comes only by teaching with authority and adorning by example." Her main source of character training is the Bible; but she also recognizes the value of literary examples such as poetry.
And with that, we turn it over to you.
Dewey' Treehouse muses on early Brownie influence in To Do My Duty (Charlotte Mason and Moral Training).
Also on the subject of moral training, Aut-2-B-Home in Carolina presents Learning from Whales and Other Inspiring Ideas.
Fisher Academy International offers a literary example from Sir Gibbie in Pre-requisite to Moral Training
Sage Parnassus presents a Commonplace Entry.
Education is a Life presents Charlotte Mason Reading Journal: Not a "Pope."
Afterthoughts presents Helping Your Children Become More Independent: Independence in Writing.
On her math blog, Rarefied, Tammy Glaser presents On the Edge of Competency.
Joyous Lessons presents Nature Study Outing: Spring on the Way.
Umm Safufa presents Nature Study Therapy.
All Things Bright and Beautiful presents a post about their term's artist, Jacob Van Ruysdael.
And one final thought from Charlotte:
"Moral habits, the way to form them and the bounden duty of every parent to send children into the world with a good outfit of moral habits, is a subject so much to the front in our thoughts, that I need not dwell further upon it here. The moral impulse having been given by means of some such inspiring idea as we have considered, the parent's or teacher's next business is to keep the idea well to the front, with tact and delicacy, and without insistence, and to afford apparently casual opportunities for moral effort on the lines of the first impulse."
(The next CM Blog Carnival will be posted on March 25th, at The Winding Ascent.)