Sing a song your kids learned in Sunday school. Ask them to tell you their memory verse. Tell them what going to church means to you. Tell them why you think it’s important that they go to church too.Read More
I grew up in a time of dial-up internet, movie rental stores and land-line phones. Now we have WiFi, Netflix and tiny computers in our hands. And while all this technology is pretty cool most of the time, I think it’s also resulted in some lost arts – snail-mail letter writing, going to a bookshelf to look something up, and the today’s tip for worshipping with littles:Read More
We live in a world of sticker charts for completed chores, M&Ms for going on the potty, even cash for losing a tooth. Dessert for finishing dinner… ah, who are we kidding, dessert for trying just a bite of dinner.Read More
In worship we need to remember that we’re raising littles to know and love Jesus. Little people with short attention spans, loud voices and wiggly feet. Little people who are learning, absorbing and mimicking. Sunday mornings might be a little less stressful if we keep our expectations in check.Read More
This tip for worshipping with littles is just as much for those of you without littles in the pew – for the parents of teens, the empty-nesters, the grandparents, the people who have been there and done that in one way or another. Parents of littles, talk to older people who get it. Three quick reasons why:Read More
It doesn’t matter how you personally feel about that food item right then. If you want your kid to try it, it’s nothing but delicious. And heaven help anyone who tries to say otherwise. A few times during dinner I’ve shot my well-meaning husband the LOOK when he’s said a food we’re trying to get our daughter to eat was “yucky”. We want her to try these foods and she feeds off our excitement. If she sees us eating it and enjoying it, chances are higher she’ll at least give it a try too.Read More
In worship is not the time to test out whether your 18-month-old will respond to your whispered “come here” instruction or giving “the LOOK”. Because it might work once, but it probably won’t work when she wants to go visit Grandpa while he delivers the sermon.Read More
I doubt you need reasons to bring snacks to church, but in case you do here are a few of my favorites – reasons, not snacks.
Snacks make noises muffled. Warning, you might get sprayed with wet cheesy cracker pieces. Maybe that’s just us… pro-tip, also always pack baby wipes.Read More
Kids want to feel useful and helpful. So let’s let them be examples in the pew. Let them color with your toddler. Encourage them to show your little how to fold their hands. We all have little ways we can benefit each other.Read More
In my experience, many parents find it difficult and even intimidating to incorporate these kinds of faith-building activities into everyday life. So, would it help to have a few practical tips to make this happen?Read More
Many of us probably go to churches where there isn’t a staffed or unstaffed nursery, no children’s church, no Sunday school during church. What’s a tired mom to do? I hope you’re learning through this series that not only are you completely capable of worshiping with your littles, it’s actually really important that you do.Read More
This is the most natural time to ask, answer and point out the special things our kids are seeing and hearing. Our littles are like sponges and are learning so much during these early years.Read More
It can be scary to sit in front with all eyes on you and your squirmy little. It’s hard to try to ignore looks or not feel like you’re distracting an entire church of people from worship. But I would bet you there are two in your church who don’t think you’re a distraction, and in fact are so happy that you’re there with your kids –Read More
Sometimes the showing up is the biggest hurdle to worshipping with littles. It’s easier to want to just stay home – skip getting everyone ready, get out the door, load up the car, sit through a crazy service and get back home. Maybe you get tired just thinking about getting your family to church. Maybe you catch yourself more often than not thinking, “What’s the point? What am I getting out of worship when I’m chasing down my toddler?”Read More
It’s tough to keep a toddler sitting still for more than a couple seconds. There’s little to no point to shushing them if they get noisy. They tend to pick the most opportune times (ahem, silent prayer) to make loud announcements from the pew, NEED their crunchy snack, or run the heaviest metal matchbox car across the pew.Read More
I am a strong believer in worshiping with your kids. I believe God commands it of Christians that we raise our kids to know and love Him. Can that be done outside of worship? Yes, and it should. Deuteronomy 6 clearly tells us to make our entire lives about teaching our kids about Jesus. But worship is a unique experience with unique opportunities to teach our kids that we just don’t get in other places. It’s important that we make it a priority and that we model that to our kids.
But this series isn’t really about why worship is important. My guess is if you’re reading this far you already believe that too. I’ve spent my entire life in the pew and now I’m making sure my 1-year-old is there with me. (Daddy works two weekends a month, so I do a mix of co-parenting and solo-parenting in the pew.) This series is to give you tips and tricks to up your confidence a bit and get you more comfortable in the pew with your precious littles. This time is so important to their faith and yours.
31 days. 31 ways to worship with littles. I pray this series blesses all of us as we aim to raise our children to know and love our God.
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