I’ve been attending Mass with children for 13 years now. I’m not saying I’m an expert. In fact, I’ve learned most of these lessons the most embarrassing way possible. So I share them with you.

12) Sing at Mass. It’ll inspire your kids to sing. And there’s few things in this world better for people to hear in Church than the sound of children singing.

11) When entering the pew, separate the problem children. You know which ones they are.

10) Sit near families with badly behaved children. The spectacle of the children will keep your children quiet because they’ll be in shock and wondering why they can’t get away with that. And your children will look great in comparison.

9) Don’t believe the old people who tell you after Mass that your kids are soooo well behaved. Old people often grade children on a curve. I’m not saying anything against it. We all deserve a little curve, especially children. But on the other hand, don’t listen to the people who get annoyed at your children at Mass either and make it seem like your family is a bother to everyone else. You belong there. And so do your children. When people start thinking that other people are a distraction from their faith, that’s the real problem.

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