Simple tips that’ll keep your kids quiet during Sunday Church Service
If you go to church regularly, the chances are pretty good that you have either held a screaming baby or watched someone else hold a screaming baby.
While many churches do have a nursery for babies and toddlers to play in, some parents prefer to keep their children in the service with them so that they can experience sitting through the service together. Depending on the church or denomination, services usually last for about 1 to 3 hours. It might seem like not so much time, but that’s a long time to expect a baby to be quiet and a toddler to sit still and actively participate at appropriate times.
Here are simple tips on how to keep the kids with us while minimizing the distraction they may have to others.
- Opt for a back seat so that if needed, the children can get out of the isle, stretch out and even dance around in the open area where no one can see. Sitting in the back is also helpful if you need to make a quick exit for a diaper change or to calm an inconsolable child.
- Bring a special bag. Fill it will paper, books and small quiet toys and also put in church themed sticker books which are hugely helpful
- Pack a snacks and a kids sports bottle full of water.
- Have a routine. If your children are used to going to church and know what the expected behaviour is, chances are, they will be more cooperative. Take them to go out to lunch each week so that the kids have something to look forward to after.
- Feel out the leadership. It can be helpful to talk to church leadership about how much “talking” they are comfortable with (read willing to tolerate) during service. Some churches are more open to babies talking, crying and making noise than others. Having insight may help you feel more comfortable and better able to gauge when you have to take action and possible leave the service area.
So while it’s a lot of work to make church happen as a family, its very compulsory. How do you keep your toddlers quiet during church service?