Sunday, May 08, 2011

Susanna Wesley’s 16 Rules of Parenthood

Susannah Wesley was the 25th child of twenty-five, and the mother of nineteen children, including John and Charles Wesley. Through much adversity, she dedicated her life to instilling a sense of Christian destiny into each of her children. Her children went on to change the world.

Here are 16 rules she laid down in her home.

  • Eating between meals not allowed. 
  • As children they are to be in bed by 8PM
  • They are required to take medicine without complaining.
  • Subdue self-will in a child, and those working together with God to save the child’s soul. 
  • To teach a child to pray as soon as he can speak. 
  • Require all to be still during Family Worship. 
  • Give them nothing that they cry for, and only that when asked for politely.
  • To prevent lying, punish no fault which is first confessed and repented of.
  • Never allow a sinful act to go unpunished.
  • Never punish a child twice for a single offense. 
  • Comment and reward good behavior. 
  • Any attempt to please, even if poorly performed, should be commended.
  • Preserve property rights, even in smallest matters.
  • Strictly observe all promises.
  • Require no daughter to work before she can read well. 
  • Teach children to fear the rod.