Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Rules For Raising Children

by Susana Wesley

  1. Eating between meals is not allowed.
  2. Children are to be in bed by 8pm.
  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 behaviour. 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.