How To Keep Toddlers Quiet In Church
Toddlers and preschoolers are full of energy and joy, but trying to keep your toddler quiet at church can be quiet the battle. When they must be quiet in church for an hour or more, it can be hard on your child and even test your patience. Many parents wonder what to do and even want to give up after trying quiet-time books, toys and snacks. Today, we are giving you a LOT of new ideas… I hope one of them works for you!
- Sit closer to the front. Most churches encourage this. Remember that to a child, they are more interested if they can SEE what is going on, not just hear it. Most families sit in the back of the church, but it is hard to pay attention to anything relevant back there and they tend to act out more.
- Take a small one-minute-walk every ten minutes or so.
- Have a “church box” that you fill with special toys just for church. Rotate the toys and add new ones that are cheap to buy, but fun for the kids!
- Find apps on the phone that will teach a similar lesson, as the one that you are learning in church this week, and let the child play with it.
- Go to a family friendly service. You can find services where kids are not only welcome, but encouraged to come. If that isn’t an option, look for a church that has a quiet room, where you can see the service and hear them through the speakers, but they can’t hear you.
- Giving him a coloring book with a pen. Children so rarely get pens that when they, they are excited to use them. (You can even find those sparkly gel pens that are more fun!)
- Let him play on the playground or with other kids after the service (even if you have had to cut it a bit short).
- Practice quiet time in your own house. Set a timer and start small. 5 minutes of quiet time activities, then 10, then 15… every week you can continue to increase the time until you have reached your goal.
Whatever you decide, remember that you are teaching your children in everything that you do. Encourage them to come with them, with gentle reminders to be still and listen. Remember that they are only young children and they really do not have the attention span for an hour-long church service. Frequent breaks and distractions are going to be your best bet, as they learn to sit quietly. This, too, shall pass.