Kathleen - posted on 01/30/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
Hi, all! I have a son who's almost 4 and a newborn daughter. I am having the toughest time getting my son to sit quietly in Meeting. The more I try, the more he talks. What I'm doing right now is to take him outside and make him sit quietly (or at least without playing or eating) with me for awhile outside the meeting room so that his making a fuss in meeting doesn't lead to a reward of getting to leave and play.
We have blessing time at meal every evening and he's been resisting mightily there, too. I've started just insisting that he respect those of us who are having blessing, even if he's not joining in, and ignoring it if he starts eating his food or playing around a bit, as long as it's quiet.
I really don't want worship or prayer time to feel like a punishment and yet I think it's important for him to experience it and see us doing it from a very early age in order for it to feel like a natural part of how our family lives in the world. Does anyone have any words of support or suggestion?