Susanna Wesley’s 16 House Rules

January 29, 2014 — 1 Comment


Last Sunday, in my message on discipline, I shared a list of the 16 House Rules Susanna Wesley had for her 19 children.  Several people have requested I share the list, so here you go:

1.Eating between meals is not allowed

2.As children they are to be in bed by 8:00 PM

3.They are required to take medicine without complaining

4.They were to subdue their self-will so that they might be open to God’s salvation

5.Teach a child to pray as soon as he can speak

6.Require all to be still during worship

7.Give them nothing that they cry for, and only that which is asked for politely

8.To prevent lying, punish no fault which is at first confessed and repented

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 (respect what belongs to others)

14.Strictly keep all promises

15.Require no daughter to work before she can read well (finish your education)

16.Teach children to fear the lord.

One of her sons, John Wesley, said of his mother, “I learned more about Christianity from my mother than from all of the theologians in England.”



One response to Susanna Wesley’s 16 House Rules


    One of the most interesting things that I have heard about Susannah was the way she got quiet time for devotions. She would put her apron over her head and the children would know she was praying and having quiet time. So amazing with all the children and a tiny preacher’s house. We have no excuse, ladies.

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