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Struggling to keep kids still? Struggling to keep kids quiet? Struggling to keep your sanity? These are my sacrament struggles. If you have kids, then I bet you have struggled with these too. These are some ways I keep the sacrament holy and my little ones reverent.
Discuss the Importance of the Sacrament
It’s important to regularly discuss the sacrament. Don’t just make it a Sunday thing. Have family home evening lessons geared towards learning more about the sacrament. The more kids know, the more they will understand just how sacred it is.
I don’t know a mom who doesn’t carry a bag to church. Inside mine I have small toys, books, and mess-free snacks like grapes. Once the sacrament is passed, the kids can choose what they want. I also bribe them with gum that they can only have after the sacrament has been passed. This gives them something to look forward to. Reverently Quietly is a great one to have in your bag.
Prepare Ahead of Time
Put gas in the car. Have your church clothes laid out. Plan things for an easy lunch/dinner that day. The less you have to worry about the day of, the more relaxed you will be. Handling rowdy children when stressing about other things, means additional stress.
There’s been a time or two where we arrived so late we missed sacrament entirely. I’m in a much better mood when I am there on time and can enjoy the sacrament without rushing to church and hoping I haven’t missed it. It really is true that your entire week is better when you have taken the sacrament.
Make it a Competition
My kids are all about competing with each other to see who can win. One way they do this is by “finding” the scriptures that the speaker has mentioned. Scripture Power is a great journal for young children who aren’t quite readers yet. They can “find” the scripture and draw or doodle a little about it.
No matter how you may feel, you aren’t alone in the sacrament struggles. All parents struggle with sacrament at one point or another. The thing to remember is that children grow up quickly and outgrow the rowdy phase. In no time at all, they will be the ones passing sacrament and dealing with their own children.
What are some ways you make the sacrament holy?
What are some ways you keep your kids quiet during a quiet ceremony?