What Would Mama Wesley Do?
By: Sherri Gragg
Let’s celebrate Mother’s Day by asking ourselves, “What would Mama Wesley Do?”
"When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they're finished, I climb out." – Erma Bombeck
Motherhood is not for wimps. It is both like running a marathon and riding a roller coaster- Grueling and rewarding. Pure joy and absolute terror. Most moms would admit to moments, days…years, when they wish they could crawl into a “nice safe playpen” and come out again after the storm has passed.
Susannah Wesley must have had at least a few moments like that. Not only was she the “Mother of Methodism” she had 19 kids, including UMC founders John and Charles Wesley. Fortunately, she left a wealth of wisdom for us. So, the next time you are tempted to head for your “playpen,” instead ask yourself, “What would Mama Wesley do?”
Susannah Wesley’s Ten Best House Rules
Because no mom looks good covered in Robitussin-
- Children are required to take medication without complaining.
Because praise is powerful-
- Comment upon and reward good behavior.
Because nobody likes a liar-
- To prevent lying, punish no fault which is first confessed and repented of.
Because good families are built on mutual respect-
- Preserve property rights, even in the smallest matters.
Because a tired child is a cranky child-
- As children, they are to be in bed by 8:00 p.m.
Because if mama cooks, they better eat it-
- Eating between meals is not allowed.
Because we all need grace-
- Never punish a child twice for a single offense.
Because we are made by and for a loving God-
- Teach a child to pray as soon as he can speak.
Because self-control is important-
- Require all children to be still during Family Worship.
And, lastly, because nobody likes a whiner-
- Give children nothing they cry for, and that only for which they have asked politely.