'I am, I ought, I can, I will.' Charlotte Mason considered these words a "beautiful and perfect chain." She encouraged parents to use these "steps on a ladder" of training and fortifying our children with good habits to deliver them from such things as willfulness, laziness or giving in to their emotional appetites (vol.1 p.330).
I was impressed by Sonya Shafer's use of the motto with scripture in her own children's education when I recently attended the All-Day Charlotte Mason Seminar, held in the comfort of my very own home after the kiddies were in bed. Thus the inspiration for the newly made guidepost for our home.