Parenting tips from Susanna Wesley

Susanna Wesley parented 10 children in this home, the Old Rectory in Epworth, England. ~umcom photo/Kathleen Barry

As Mother’s Day approaches, here’s a glimpse into the home life of John and all his Wesley siblings.

United Methodist Communications

Few moms know what it’s like to raise ten children like Susanna Wesley.** Her son John, the founder of the Methodist movement, published a letter in which his mom shared her “principal rules” for parenting, covering things big and small.

Because our understandings of child development have changed greatly in the nearly 300 years since Susanna was raising her kids, we might not agree with all of her advice. But some still rings true today.




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