My children (4 and 6) complain they are too tired to stand in church and complain "when are we going to leave" after the first 30 minutes. I have a hard time getting them to stop because I am distracted by my youngest child (who just turned 2). My church does not have a children's service or children's room. My husband helps a little but it seems we can't get them to focus unless my husband takes our youngest outside and I have one child on each side of me. Any ideas on what to do? I thought about just leaving my husband and youngest at home but I want us to go to church as a family.
Asked by Anonymous at 1:28 PM on Sep. 20, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
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Answer by older at 1:42 PM on Sep. 20, 2009
Ignore the other comments. They are trying to get their way. have you tried positive reinforcement? If they behave, mainly quiet and respective they will get treat after church. if not then they will have to sit quietly at home for a while to think about how they not only were disrespecting you, but God and everyone else. If you can get them to behave in Church they will behave in other places. I also have found that when you get the oldest in line the rest will follow.
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Answer by Anonymous at 2:12 PM on Sep. 20, 2009
I am not a church-goer so I never had to deal with this, but from a simple parenting perspective, I agree with anon 2:12. As I understand it sermons are aimed at adults, with adult language & adult themes. Kids can't get anything from it. Why subject them to an hour of boredom with no benefit for them? Sure kids should learn to be quiet & respectful in public. But all the churches around here have sermons that last 60 to 90 min. that is way to long for a 4 yr old & even pretty long for a 6 yr old to have to sit through every week. If you want your child to learn your religion from a church, I would definitely find one that has children's services for them to attend.
Answer by nysa00 at 2:23 PM on Sep. 20, 2009