I've been reading a lot of blog posts floating around recently about helping toddlers and young kids behave at Mass.
Unfortunately though NONE of them mentioned my ONE simple trick that if we can pull if off, works for our toddlers and young kids almost 100% of the time to ensure good Mass behavior.
That's right folks.
With OUR kids, this trick works close to 100% of the time to ensure good Mass behavior.
YOUR results may vary.
Are you ready for the ONE simple trick that almost always works for us?
Just send me $19.95...and I'll send you my one simple trick!
Kidding, kidding. Because I'm so nice, I'm going to tell you it for free (but I'll take $19.95 if you want to send it to me anyway).
Here's our trick!
BOX THEM IN WITH STRANGERS
Just be sure to sit with strangers in front of you, strangers behind you, strangers to the left of you and strangers to the right of you.
They don't even have to be strange strangers. Perfectly normal strangers work great too.
That's right DON'T sit on the end, sit in the middle of the pew. And sit the "problem child(ren)" next to the stranger.
If your kids are anything like mine, they will be too shy to misbehave sitting in such close proximity to A STRANGER.
I'm pretty sure this is my toddler's thoughts process when sitting right next to A STRANGER.
I can't talk, I can't cry, I can't move, I can't do anything other than cling to mommy or daddy because that strange person there might notice me and if they do, they might kidnap me and sell me to the gypsies where I will never, ever get ice cream or nana again. That would be terrible.
And that's pretty much what my kids do, for the entire Mass...quietly sit on our lap because they are too shy to be loud or talk or try to climb past A STRANGER.
If your kids aren't shy like that...sorry...I've got nothing.
But it works for us.
If you want to read more of my posts about children at church, check out.
My Thoughts on Cry Rooms.
Dear Parents of Young Kids in Church.
And here's a picture of What I Wore today and our running toddler who did not run around at Mass today, because she hates strangers.
The shirt is from Twice (which is an online thrift store). I just tried them and love them. If you buy something through that link, we each get $10. So, you can go get a free shirt or something. And they offer free returns with store credit. So, you're bound to find something you like.
The skirt was passed on to me by a friend (my husband hates that skirt, but I love it).
And, we won't talk about my shoes because you can't really see them in the picture anyway but rest assured I did wear shoes to Mass today.
You can see more Sunday fashions at Fine Linen and Purple