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Lindsay - posted on 11/13/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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How do you keep your child quiet in church?? My 17mo loves to try and talk when our pastor is doing the sermon. I don't know what to do... It's a very small very new church and so EVERYONE can hear her. I can't put her in nursery because she screams louder than she talks during the sermon and then it really disrupts. What can I do??

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Joy - posted on 11/14/2010

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Take a few of her fav' toys and tell her she can play with them if she is very quiet make it a game with rewards.It helped me with a few of mine.

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Sandy - posted on 11/23/2010

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Lindsay,
Children don't listen to the sermons. With that said, If she likes to color or draw or do something that is quiet, then I would definitely take things where she can do that and try to get her used to sitting quietly at home for an hour or however long sermons normally last, doing those things, so that she can sit through a sermon quietly and do something that keeps her occupied rather than bored and wanting attention.

Candi - posted on 11/19/2010

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I agree that the nursery is the best place. If she doesn't like the nursery, stay with her the first time. She will get used to the other kids and if she is like most kids, she will love it. There are tons of toys and other kids for her to play with. If you are totally against the nursery, I would take a snack bag with goldfish crackers and a sippy sup with juice. Its great if she is still on a bottle too...helps getting child to sleep sometimes. A pad of paper, crayons, little noiseless toys. When we church shopped, we took a canvas bag full of dinosaurs, snacks, and juice for our kids to keep them entertained. It was great. Good Luck

Kelly - posted on 11/18/2010

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17 months is very young to sit through a sermon. The nursery really is the best place for your child to be. That way she can play while you are hearing God's word. Is the nursery very close to the auditorium? I would tell you just to put her in there, let her get used it to. It would be the best thing for both of you. And any one with kids will understand that they can be loud! Trust me! I have an older, grown daughter and two young sons. My oldest son was so hard for me to deal with at church! I would hear him screaming from the nursery, but eventually he got used to it. At times I didn't want to go to church because I felt like I spent all my time dealing with him in the nursery. But it passes. Just be patient, get her in the routine of going to the nursery to play, and you'll both benefit from it. God bless!!

Sarai - posted on 11/17/2010

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Feel your purse with snacks, small toys and coloring books. These things usually keep them entertain kids for awhile. Or you can let her cry in the nursery until she understands that you will return and get her after the service is over.

Linda - posted on 11/16/2010

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My children would have NEVER been quiet at that age. They weren't capable of sitting in church until at least 4 or 5...and that was pushing it! If the other suggestions don't work for keeping her quiet, I would suggest staying in the nursery with her for a while. After just a few weeks, she might feel more comfortable in there. Then you can gradually start leaving her there for longer and longer periods. This will give her more independence and you more of a break! :)

Angela - posted on 11/16/2010

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Good luck! We put our daughter into the nursery until just a few weeks ago (she's 2 now). We go to a family-friendly service at our church, so it's expected that the kids will get loud and obnoxious. We give her stuff to color with and she's taken to "singing" along with the hymns the last couple of weeks. Good luck!

Naomi - posted on 11/15/2010

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I've found that it's worth letting them cry it out in nursery - at least for a little each week for practice. As a nursery worker I'm there to let parents enjoy the sermon with no distractions and I'm prepared for crying. As a mother, I appreciate the chance to enjoy a sermon without needing to entertain my kids for 30mins. out of the week. :) A 17 month-old isn't likely to be entertained very easily.

Jolene - posted on 11/14/2010

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i find a book to scribble in can keep them occupied for awhile. and just take her outside for a break to keep her entertain

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