Wednesday, January 6, 2016
I recently came across a person who complained about parents giving their toddler children raisins and a book during Mass. The complaint was something like if toddlers can't hold their attention for an hour Mass and you give them a few distractions so you (and everyone around you) can pray the Liturgy - then they will grow up thinking Church is an amusement park.
That is way off of the reservation in the world I live in.
Toddlers are incapable of sitting through a Liturgy for an hour. Teaching them what is happening and reverence is not contradicted with reasonable expectations that are age-appropriate. Good parenting doesn't lay the a burden of expecting a baby to act like a 5 year old.
If you're bothered by a mother stretching the attention span of a baby with a couple of raisins and a book, you are a curmudgeon. And you are no prize to sit beside yourself.
This story also caught my attention today.
It's a great reminder.
Small children are going to have something to say to their parents during Mass or have a moment here and there. Most parents are extremely sensitive to quieting the child right away - and the children are usually responsive. Be supportive to the young families around you.
And the curmudgeons too!