By Lisa Cherry
Ever wonder if someone out there might have an answer for some of your tough parenting dilemmas?
What if that someone would be speaking to us from the grave?
Susanna Wesley was the mother of 19, ten of whom lived to adulthood. Two of her children totally turned the world upside down with revival fire.
John Wesley with his brother Charles founded the great Methodist movement which ushered in a transforming wave of spiritual renewal in the 18th century. Surely their mom could teach us a thing or two!!!
Here are her famous rules for her busy household.
Some of her ideas sound foreign to our modern ears. Yet before you dismiss them, note the strong love flowing through her rules. Very interesting…
Be inspired. Be challenged. And most of all, be equipped with some wisdom from the ages!!
Hmmmmm......would these rules work for us today???? Should they????
Susanna Wesley’s 16 House Rules
1. Eating between meals is not allowed.
2. As children they are to be in bed by 8 p.m.
3. They are required to take medicine without complaining.
4. Subdue self-will in a child, and this working together with God may save the child's soul.
5. Teach a child to pray as soon as he can speak.
6. Require all to be still during Family Worship.
7. Give them nothing that they cry for, and only that when asked for politely.
8. To prevent lying, punish no fault which is first confessed and repented of.
9. Never allow a sinful act to go unpunished.
10. Never punish a child twice for a single offense.
11. Commend and reward good behavior.
12. Any attempt to please, even if poorly performed, should be commended.
13. Preserve property rights, even in smallest matters.
14. Strictly observe all promises.
15. Require no daughter to work before she can read well.
16. Teach children to fear the rod.
Susanna also wrote:
When the will of a child is totally subdued, and it is brought to revere and stand in awe of the parents, then a great many childish follies may be passed by. I insist on the conquering of the will of children betimes, because this is the only strong and rational foundation of a religious education. When this is thoroughly done, then a child is capable of being governed by reason and piety.
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