Thank you so much for this post! Awesome post, great tips! I can never remember a time that I was led to a nursery or a kids section. I was always taught to sit alongside my siblings and attend church.
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Thanks so much for sharing! You make good points about using prayer and realizing the difference in rates of maturity. Appropriate expectations are also important, as you shared. I will be trying these techniques. Why I Ditched the Church Nursery I think we attempted to put our first child in the church nursery about 3. Start Teaching Them When They Are Young: You cannot expect a child at the age of 5 to suddenly sit still if he has not been expected to before that time.
It is a process of learning so start immediately. Teaching their babies to stay on a blanket space by just repetitive action. If you now do not have the luxury of starting young that is okay!
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Look below for a few tips! Schedule sitting still times at home each day during the week to help train your child.
Meal times and family devotions are more obvious ones, but plan extra times of reading and maybe even listening to audio stories to help train the child to sit still and to listen at the same time. Limit Warnings: Not everyone will agree with me on this and that is fine. I also find the more I warn the more flustered I become and that is sinful on my part. I believe that one warning is sufficient, because children should learn to obey immediately in the same way that we are called to obey the Lord immediately.
Guard Your Children: When a child does misbehave guard them with love. Do not make a scene about their misbehavior. Quietly remove them from the room and talk with them in private. Small Children: My best advice for small children is not to obsess. This is a marathon not a sprint. For really ages two-and-a-half and under when talking is still not at its height, sometimes you might need to just have a reboot session. A child at these ages are hard to keep sitting still and that is okay.
Work with them in patience. If you need to leave the church building and let them run a few circles outside, then come back in and try again. Sometimes I have found that having snacks on hand or something for their hands to do like a fine motor skills book or something of that nature will help to keep them quietly busy. Older Children: Engage these children about the sermon. Ask them to take notes if they are of age. Talk as a family about what you learned that day. Starting Late? Is this a new conviction that you would like to have your children sit with you in church but you are just not sure how to go about it?
It is not too late! I think that all of these things above still apply. Lay out the ground rules. Have patience and PRAY! Pray with your children that God would help them to sit still and enjoy the service.
Engage your children about the sermon, and help them to understand that church is not meant to be boring. It is meant to be a time to come together with our brothers and sisters in Christ and learn from the Word of God. Author Recent Posts. Lindsey S. Lindsey is a stay at home, work from home mom to six children eight years and younger.
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