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MOTHERS AS PIVOTS OF FAMILY UNITS – THE POSITIVE INFLUENCE OF WOMEN ON FAMILY UNITS ’Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it’’. (PROVERB 22: 6)  A woman combines a unique position as a wife, a mother, sister, lover, in-law, and grandmother. These roles place her at a unique and advantageous position to a major stakeholder in whatever happens in a family unit, a society, a nation, and indeed the whole world. In spite of these important roles, history has not been too kind to women in terms of recording positive events that tally with the level of contributions of women to development generally. In Africa or to be on the safer side, Nigeria, most women rise early in the day when other members of family units are yet to get up to pray. After prayers, they go into the kitchen to prepare for the day, attend to children who have to go to school and cook meals for the family. It has been argued that women are most probably more psychologically and emotionally stronger than men. They go through real stress and only people who have human feelings fully appreciate this special gender. Susanna Wesley was mother of John  and Charles Wesley. She is remembered today simply as a result of her commitment to the raising of her children in spite of all odds and sufferings she experienced in her matrimonial home. Writing about this great woman, Pellowe Susan stated that: Susanna. ‘’never preached a sermon or published a book or founded a church; but she is known as the Mother of Methodism, and remembered as a great woman till today because two of her sons,  John and Charles Wesley founded the Methodist Church and affected humanity. Susanna trained her children who consciously or unconsciously, applied the example and teachings and circumstances of their home life. Susanna lived from 1669 –1742 Susanna experienced many hardships throughout her life. Her husband left her and the children for over a year because of a minor dispute’’ UNDUE PRESSURE: There are many unfortunate women today who gave up because of too much pressure or other vicissitudes of life. In her nuclear family before getting married, she was the last of 25 children of her parents. Susanna married her husband, Samuel Wesley at the age of 19 , when Samuel was…

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