The majority of married women have a strong existential awareness that they, together with their husbands, who look after the home's protection and upkeep, are primarily responsible for establishing it. Author Leila Lawler had no clue how to maintain a home, handle laundry, plan and prepare meals, entertain and motivate children, or choose a curriculum to pass on the Faith when she first started life as a young bride and then a mother.
She worked for decades uncovering deeply ingrained cultural memories that had been buried behind a feminist ideological avalanche. To assist women who wish a competent and organised approach to family life, Lawler developed and methodically presented them on her well-known website, Like Mother, Like Daughter, and has now compiled them in this extensive, three-volume package.
The Summa Domestica is divided into three parts: Home Culture, which focuses on creating a home and a vision for raising children; Education, which offers a philosophy for parents' primary role as moulders of their children and provides them with the tools to learn on their own; and Housekeeping, which shares information on how to maintain a busy, thriving home that is reasonably clean and organised, as well as practical advice on how to juggle tasks like doing laundry and preparing meals.
An all-in-one manual that is at once lively, amusing, and reassuring, The Summa Domestica is an indispensable how-to book on making and keeping a home that will serve your family best.