by Joe McGinnis
There are times when parents believe that this is one of the greatest challenges parents face. If this is your greatest challenge while parenting…consider yourself blessed. With that being said, I completely understand the frustration that many parents face EVERY WEEKEND. You work all morning to get the kids ready. You’ve finally made it into the front doors of the church and then it feels like “Round two – getting these kids to sit still for the next 60 minutes”. Hmmm…
If you resonate with this, I hope you find these four tips to be helpful.
Children need to know what is expected of them. Sit down with your child (preferably, a day or so before the weekend service) and talk with them about what is expected and why. For example: can they talk? How loud? Can they read? Do they have to take notes? Is there a quiz to follow? These expectations are important to establish ahead of time.
It’s important to be realistic. Know what your child can handle. (i.e. a 2 year old cannot sit still for 60 minutes…not even when they’re asleep) Be sure that you are setting your child up for success and not failure in the first place. Being realistic also means that you can and probably should expect your 2nd grader to be able to sit still. Don’t set the bar too low either.
Rule #1 with kids – “Have a plan for them or they will have a plan for you. Bring paper, pens, books, ask question, have them take their own notes (older kids), let them look the verses up.
Practice makes perfect
This takes time. Don’t expect perfection the 1st time. Reward success, and encourage them when they need to do better.
Try not to be a distraction to other, but also don’t shy away from your responsibility to BE THE PARENT. –They need to learn to worship and follow Christ from you! It’s your job.