You know when you were younger and you read the Little House books and would have day dreams about how awesome it would be to be Laura Ingalls? You’d dream of how much fun you’d have in your dresses, fishing and playing in the creek? Hmmmmmmmmm, not just me, right?
There’s a lot we can learn from the wisdom of Ma Ingalls. For whatever reason, we’ve gotten away from letting the older women lead us and give us direction. We head on over to Yadda Yadda Expert Blog (yes, I realize I’m a blogger) and assume they know what they’re doing instead of seeking a mentor.
News flash – just because someone has a blog doesn’t mean they know jack squat, or have experience in a particular topic.
The best advice and guidance we can get are from the women who have come before us. When I’m having a problem with my kids or when I need a listening ear and advice, I don’t head to my friend with no children. I ask my mentor, Lori – who has three grown children who still like her (that’s key – you probably don’t want help and advice from someone in the slammer).
What I’m saying isn’t news either…it’s downright biblical.
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Titus 2:3-5
Someone yesterday told me: “You are so smart!” (Smart is totally relative.) I told her, “No. I just listen to smart women and try to copy them.”
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
In order to be a better homemaker, I’ve been reading and listening to experienced women so I can fully embrace my calling. Also, just so you know…all women are homemakers, even if they work full time. We are all in the business of “making a home.”
My #1 favorite resource for this is Large Family Logistics. A lot of what you will see referenced in this post are things I’ve learned from that book and put into practice. Keep in mind that “large” is relative and I believe this book offers so much information to those even with “small” families like ours.
Note: this book is no longer in print, but you can still find used versions…I paid $25 for mine from another mom who didn’t need it any longer. Also, check your library. A new version is supposed to come out soon.
So, what am I saying here? I’m saying: GIRL, FIND YOU A TITUS 2 WOMAN.
If you’re a new mom, struggling with mornings, check out the Makeover Your Mornings eCourse from Crystal Paine.
If you’re a mom getting ready to start homeschooling, check out the podcasts from Pam Barnhill.
If you can’t figure out why your dog is suddenly refusing her dog food…call the vet.
We need to stop assuming at that stuff we read online is all true. Instead go to a reliable source – like the women who have lived what we are living now and who have advice and guidance to offer us.
Who is someone you believe you can start learning from?
For the other posts in this series see:
- Wash on Monday
- Clean on Tuesday
- Bake on Wednesday
- Town on Thursday
- Office Day on Friday
- Get Ahead on Saturday
- Chores to do Daily
- Chore FAQ
- Each Day Has Its Own Proper Chores
- Embracing Your Inner June Clever