Monday, June 21, 2010

Family Home Evening vs. Sacrament Meeting

Tonight I was left to wonder, "Why can Jasper just sit super still during a rather lengthty FHE, but he isn't EVER still during Sacrament Meeting?"

After three trips out in the hall I on Sunday I couldn't help but mutter, "Why do we even come to Sacrament Meeting?"

I know the answer to that question.  But when I spend my whole time battling Jasper and feeling like I must be the worst parent in the world, it's hard not to mutter.

I think that's called murmuring in the scriptures!

I am 100% open to any reverence ideas.



Lindsay RC Wilson said...

You move to Doha where the chapel isn't big enough for everyone so sacrament meeting is "broadcast" to two other rooms. For some reason, kids think watching it on TV is better.

Cyd said...

I'll be following this one as I could use a ton of help myself.

Cami said...

Oh I feel your frustration Ang! I'll tell you the best toy that we have that occupies the boys for a long period of time. It's a Melissa and Doug magnetic puzzle book. It is great if you have to sit in the over flow on the metal chairs. I take all of the numbers off and they look for them and put them in their place while I listen to the speaker. They only play with it on Sunday so it doesn't get old. I also love the Gospel themed "lift the flap" books. You can get them at Seagull Books or Deseret Book. Those are my go to items for Sac. mtg. Good luck to you. A little thought...A lady in my home ward reminded me to remember that you are in the right place even if your kids are restless. They can still feel the spirit and so can you! :)

SalliJune said...

Hey Ang!
This is a good question. I don't know if this would work for you, but here's what we do. We have a bag that's our designated 'church bag' filled with paper dolls, Hello Kitty coloring books, and sewing-with-yarn toys (you might want to re-think the first two item and put in more boy appropriate ones :)) that they're allowed to play with all during Sacrament Meeting. This is especially helpful for Richard because I'm the chorister so he flies solo a lot in the pews. Anyway, if one or both of the girls gets to the point where they need to vacate the chapel, they have learned by their own experience that the hall is not a fun place to be. They have to sit in the chair in the foyer and can't run around and can't talk, AND the church bag is still on the pew. It didn't take long for them to realize that it was better to stay in the chapel than out in the hall!
Good luck!

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