This morning at church I was talking to some people, and I said that my dd14 doesn't like Sunday school so we just come for 11:00. She has youth worship then and I have Sunday school. Another mom said she doesn't care if her kids like it or not, that they have to come. I don't agree with that. I want church to be a place my dd enjoys being at, and if she doen't enjoy it, I am not going to force her to go.
So if you go to church, or any other house of worship, would you make your child go if they said they didn't like it and didn't want to go? I'm talking mostly about school age children and teens. Do you think it is better to make them go every week regardless of what they say they want, or to let them choose?
Edit: i was talking mainly about teenagers here since my dd is 14, and the mom I was talking to at church had two high schoolers, and they probably like going to church, since they have gone all of their life, but I was shocked when she said that they were required to go whether they liked going or not.
Of course if you go to church every Sunday and you have younger children they would go with you. At that age most children love church, and if they said they didn't want to go, I'd be checking to see if there was an issue with another child, or the teacher, or some reasonable explanation as to why they didn't like going. My dd loves chuch, usually she is the one making me go to church. She is there almost every Sunday and for almost every youth activity. The only thing she doesn't like right now is Sunday School. I think part of it is an issue with the teachers, and how they run class. They stick very strictly to the lesson, and don't allow for much discussion (religious discussion), plus the class is very large. Wed night small groups are a different teacher, with just the girls, and a more laid back teacher and she enjoys that, but Sunday small groups are different, so I have let her back off of them and we will try them again next year, and see if it is any better.