Church with a Toddler: Not So ReverentCasey Mullins
I’m not sure how Sundays go in your house, but in ours we head to a 9 am service at our church of choice. The first hour is spent singing and listening to speakers, the second hour is spent learning about the Bible and the third hour is spent with people just like you learning about everyday things and how church applies to them (in my case it’s women over the age of 18.) The first hour is always spent together as a family, after the first hour kids break off into their own classes, divided by age. Toddlers on the other hand, they don’t have a class until 18 months.
Which basically means from the time a baby is mobile until 18 months, parents get nothing out of church.
Cody and I were talking about this last night, we both agreed that for the 5 months leading up to the nursery class, church isn’t for learning, it’s for surviving. It doesn’t matter how many novel toys, books, games, snacks or surprises we bring, Vivi always wants to be somewhere else doing something different. While it may seem torturous to keep kids in a church program for an hour (my grandma has told me her opinion on the topic MANY TIMES) I can tell you that Addie has been able to sit still and entertain herself for an hour since she was about 3. Today she sat next to me and played with a piece of pink yarn. Vivi on the other hand, well, she tried to take off with all the other purses, stand on all they hymn books and drive her cars into the wall.
Cody’s convinced he’s going to have a hard time letting her go to nursery, he likes the entertainment and company of Vivi during church.
I on the other hand would like to learn a little something, feel a little something and enjoy church the way I did before it became toddler control.
What’s church like for your family? (If you go, that is. No judgement here!)
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