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On Routines, Schedules, and Methods


I've just recently read a short biography of Susanna Wesley, known most famously as the "mother of methodism." Her sons, John and Charles, were the founders of the Methodist movement, now known as the United Methodist Church. Charles also wrote hundreds of hymns, many of which we still sing today. These men brought a profound impact on the world at-large, and they couldn't have done that without their mother's influence of discipline.

In reading about Mrs. Wesley, she was a woman of exacting methods when it came to child-rearing. She educated all of her children at home, ran a busy household, and helped run her husband's church. Not only that, she went out of her way to secure one hour a week of one-on-one time with each child. And finally, she maintained her own well-being by scheduling daily times of solitude and prayer.

Mrs. Wesley provided a most excellent example of how routines, schedules, and methods help mold and shape the next generation into becoming well-rounded human beings. In fact, she raised world-changers based on her laser-focused routines.