curriculae for adults -- from jmg blog
Was reading JMG's blog this week https://www.ecosophia.net/the-arts-of-the-cunning-folk/ and was struck both by the mention of The Strenuous Life and also this comment of Kimberley Steele's
". . . I’d love to see a feminine version that encourages women to learn traditional life skills such as cooking, baking, knitting & crocheting, plant propagation, herbal medicine preparation, and first aid/nursing. Of course there could be badges for more traditionally masculine-associated skills such as target shooting, carpentry, or wilderness survival."
It actually struck me that it would be interesting to see if there is a market for what i would call the essential skills of family life: for women who take the motherhood path there are definite skills to acquire, from self-led health care and fitness for pregnancy, self-hypnosis and other pain relief techniques in preparation for childbirth, breastfeeding knowledge and practice, and cooking for a family including nutrition for infants and children, of course this can be studied by anyone wanting a family. I know I was surprised by how many textbooks there were to digest and learn from in pregnancy and nursing and it would be great if women were in general more aware that there is so much they can do to look after their own health and their infants' during the childbearing years. I felt that my education had completely failed to prepare me to the extent that it was a surprise to find out what a large body of knowledge there was to learn all of a sudden when I had already started down that road and I know I meet ladies who are well into their young family years who for instance have not had the support they would have needed to successfully breastfeed their infants. Anyway I know even discussing this stuff is wildly unfashionable or even countercultural but I know there are ladies (and gents) here whose opinions on this topic I would be interested to read.