Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Teach your kids to sit still in Church

The link today is information I wish the folks who sat in front of us a few weeks ago had read.

What is it?  And what was the problem?  you ask.

Well, it seems that when we went to the Christmas Eve Church service, the row in front of us had 3 very active and noisy kiddos.

Their ages were probably in the range of 3 to 5 years old.

They climbed around on their parents, stood and jumped in the pew and then on parents laps, looked around at the audience, wiggled in every conceivable way, and made lots of noise.

The parents seemed to not notice or care.

But, just between you, me, and the gatepost, they totally ruined the service for me and several others in the area.

So, what to do?

Well, an interesting article posted on Facebook recently has one solution.

It has very good and wise advice about how to prepare and train your kids to sit quietly in a Church service.

I can see many of you grey headed folks nodding in agreement because when you grew up there were no nurseries and you sat quietly with your parents in Church Services.

In our family, when we were really small, we had coloring books and crayons,

As we grew older, we read books from the Church Library.

When still older, we took notes on the sermon.

The kids in front of us on that fateful Christmas eve were in the 'color in the color book' age.

But did they have any coloring books or soft quiet toys or did they just curl up and fall asleep?     Noooooo. 

Instead, they moved, jumped, talked, climbed, etc, etc, etc.

So, how do you teach your kiddos to behave in church?

HERE'S THE LINK to teach kids to sit still