The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Sunday morning rush hour

How to avoid family traffic jams on the way to church

Little kids watch cartoons. Teenagers sleep late. Grown-ups pour second cups of coffee while they read the paper. Or some go jogging. It's Sunday morning across America — the one day the whole family can relax. Unless, of course, the family goes to church.

So often it's a struggle to get the crew out the door on time — and with smiles on their faces. If kids are cross and parents stressed out, can Sunday really be a "day of rest and gladness"?

Yes, says Cathy Paulsen, a marriage and family counselor and teacher of religion at Augsburg College, Minneapolis. "Plan for down time on Sunday mornings," she recommends, speaking as much from experience as the mother of two grown children as from professional expertise.

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