A quick dispatch from a homeschool conference; I think I’m in Pennsylvania. Someone else drove.
I’m planning on homeschooling our children (ages 4, 3 and 1 currently), and have been attending Charlotte Mason homeschool conferences for the last year and a half. Even though I don’t yet have children schooling, I find them helpful to keep in mind how my future homeschool will look on a day-to-day basis, but also immersing myself more in Charlotte Mason’s philosophy. This is a helpful guide to the philsophy; on which there are several curriculums available.
What I find also helpful about these conferences is it feels a lot like a professional development break to attend workshops and talk to other, more seasoned mothers, accustomed to juggling more children and different ages. With the talk of the Resurgent event buzzing at Ricochet currently, I thought to myself how beneficial it would be to have this sort of conference, geared for SAHMs, with inspirational speakers discussing the business of raising children, not just keeping them alive. There would be workshops on household management (I’m currently writing this in a nitty gritty workshop about how to plan meals, school work and chores on a week to week basis). Discussions of “Mother Culture” (things we moms should be doing for ourselves to keep ourselves growing personally) are also invaluable in order to maintain a focus on my own sanity and ensure I’m always learning and bettering myself, shaping better character and habits for myself, not just my kids.
Does something like this exist? If not, I wonder if it would be a beneficial activity for other stay-at-home mothers, homeschoolers or not.