With a sound strategy, discipline, and a little luck, corralling your kids at Mass will win a decisive victory for the souls of your children, albeit after suffering severe casualties in the first waves.
As I exit church on Sunday morning, gazing off into the distance like a soldier back from the front, a (normally older) parishioner will tell me how well-behaved my children are. This happens every week, but I’m always a little surprised.
The behavior being complimented was right next to me, and my perspective is a bit different. I felt like the foreman at a nuclear power plant managing five volatile reactors on the verge of meltdown. Apparently, everyone else saw the von Trapp children.
Children’s behavior is always graded on a curve based on the worst. If every child is behaving like they took a vow of silence, a sneeze will cause embarrassment. On the other hand, if some children are actively setting fire to pews and yours starts singing Guns and Roses’ “Paradise City,” it will be overlooked. Maybe it’s pride, maybe piety, maybe you just don’t want to be hated by everyone in the church, but taking young children to Mass can be a stressful evolution.
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Sunday Mass with Young Children: Easier than D-Day – Crisis Magazine