“Training Children”

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  (Proverb 22:6)

“Susanna Wesley was the mother of John and Charles Wesley and 17 other children. Here are some simple rules which she used in training her children for God:

1. Eating between meals is not allowed.
2. Children are to be in bed by 8 p.m.
3. Children are required to take medicine without complaining.
4. Teach children to fear the ‘rod of correction’.
5. Teach children to pray as soon as they can speak.
6. Require all children to be still during family worship.
7. Give children nothing that they cry for. Only grant their wishes when asked for politely.
8. Parents should not punish any fault which is first confessed and repented of. This will           prevent lying in children.
9. Never allow a sinful act to go unpunished.

10. Commend and reward good behavior. Any attempt to please, even if poorly performed,       should be commended.
11. Strictly keep all promises to children.
12. Parents are to subdue self-will in every child. 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 early, 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.”

By Susanna Wesley, Rules for Training Children, www,gracegems.org.

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