How to make worship time not only bearable, but faith-filled, with your Katy kids
If youâ€™re like me, taking your young child to church is not alwaysÂ a prayerful experienceâ€”except it increases the likelihood that YOUâ€™RE praying that your child will behave! Not what the whole church-going experience should be like, I think.
Our son is almost three, and he is barely able to sit and watch a half hour video at home. It takes some work to guide him in his church experience. Distractions aboundâ€”from the people sitting around us to the hymnals in front of us.
How many toysâ€”if anyâ€”do we take with us? Do the books we bring need to be religious in subject? Should we bring food for a Mass that takes only an hour? If he does begin to get fussy, do we grin and bear it or take him to the back? Wonâ€™t that teach him to misbehave in the first place? These are the questions we struggle with.
I do NOT have it all figured out, but here are some suggestions. Iâ€™m sure you have found some tricks for your own family.
1.)Â Â Â Choose a worship time that best suits your childâ€™s needs. You may want the contemporary service, but if it falls at the same time your child is used to getting ready for bed, youâ€™re asking a lot of him.
2.)Â Â Â Go to your church during the week. Give your youngster a tour and let him ask questions and see things up close.
3.)Â Â Â Talk to your child about how you expect people to act at church. You may say something like, â€œDo you think grown-ups run around the church? What do they do when they want to talk with God? What can you do?â€
4.)Â Â Â In my opinion, having a specific church toy or bag of toys works well. Itâ€™s used only on days of worship so it comes to be special and something your child will look forward to playing with. It will also encourage worship since theyâ€™re religious items.
These are a few tips. How do you make worship time not only bearable, but faith-filled, with your kids?