A couple weeks ago I wrote a post that garnered a lot of attention about the people who glared at my children during Mass, even when they were making a minimal amount of noise. This week, Jen of Conversion Diary wrote about getting kids to behave in church, including a lot of good advice in her post and the comments. Best bit of advice was that good behavior on Sunday depends on how you work with them on good behavior during the week.
And here I’ll throw out my controversial bit: I think one reason our kids are well-behaved at Mass is that they don’t watch TV. Hey, I’m not a “TV is evil” guy. I watch plenty of TV myself. But it’s my opinion, that for my kids, TV isn’t something they need to be watching regularly and I think our experience shows the benefit, not just at Mass, but also in how Iabella plays and reads and entertains herself and behaves.
Again, this is not to say that this applies to anyone but my own kids, but if someone’s looking for advice, this is what I’d suggest.