Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom
“There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.”
“And your defect is a propensity to hate everybody.”
“And yours,” he replied with a smile, “is willfully to misunderstand them.”
(Mr. Darcy with Elizabeth Bennett; Ch. 11)
This year I’m joining in with hundreds of other mamas in an online book club hosted by my friend Nicole Bennett (and it’s not too late to join!). Our goal?
To reread all of Jane Austen’s novels in 2014–not just for the fun of it (though it is fun), but to study these works through the lens of motherhood, asking ourselves a few questions along the way:
- What does Austen have to say about family relationships?
- What do the mothers in her novels teach us about how to engage with our kids (either by what they do well…or more often, the opposite!)
- What personal themes, messages, and inspiration can I take away for this busy season in my own life?