Is it really necessary for parents to teach their children to sit still during church? Well, it is expected for a baby or two to cry in a church service, but the sounds of older kids loudly playing in the pews can be very distracting.
Teaching kids to sit still in church is not only for the benefit of others. A weekly lesson in sitting still may also teach your kids valuable skills for the future.
How Teaching Kids to Sit Still During Church Will Benefit Them in the Future
If you have attended church for a while, at some point, you have probably seen a toddler use the sanctuary as his or her personal playground. You may have even observed parents sitting back and enjoying the show as they allow their loudly playing child to disrupt the service.
Perhaps these moms or dads believe that they are simply letting their children express their creative curiosity as they explore and run up and down the pew. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy to see young people in church services. However, many others will be distracted or thrown off by this kind of behavior—including the person behind the pulpit.
Allow your kids to express their creativity and explore at a time other than Sunday morning, and teach them to be quiet and sit still during church. This will help them learn to be attentive and self-disciplined, and these character traits will benefit them now and in the future.
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