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Susannah Wesley’s tips on parenting

Susannah Wesley

SUSANNAH WESLEY, the godly mother of John and Charles Wesley, spent one hour each day praying for her 19 children.

In addition, she took each child aside for a full hour every week to discuss spiritual matters. She expected each child to be able to read the Book of Genesis by the time he was six years child.

She also taught them a love for the English language and the ability to use word precisely, aptly and elegantly.

The ability to read and to reason was developed in each child at an early age.

Here are a few rules she followed in bringing up her children:

1. Subdue self-will in a child and thus work together with God to save his soul.
2. Teach him to pray as soon as he can speak.
3. Give him nothing he cries for and only what is good for him if he asks for it politely.
4. To prevent lying, punish no fault which is freely confessed, but never allow a rebellious, sinful act to go unnoticed.
5. Commend and reward good behaviour.
6. Strictly observe all promises you have made to your child.