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Too wiggly for worship?

Q: Now that my son is a toddler, I’m worried that he’s too wiggly and disruptive for worship. Although my pastor tells me his behavior is fine, I can’t help but feel as if some worshipers are staring at us when he acts up. What should I do?


A: Listen to your pastor. It was God, after all, who put that wiggle into your toddler. Your son, like other children his age, carries with him a natural energy level that is bound to produce more noise and activity than adults.

If your son is in the throes of a full-on tantrum, it’s wise to take him outside the sanctuary to help him collect his emotions. But if he is merely dancing in a side aisle or singing a song to himself, leave him be and make no apologies. This is where he is learning to praise God.


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