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Church Can Be Fun for Kids

By Jodie Lynn
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QUESTION:

Should parents keep fighting with their kids to go to church every Sunday even if they argue, fuss and pretty much hate it? I just heard this question on a talk show and was wondering what the answer might be. No one there actually had a real answer. We have the same problem with our two elementary school-aged girls and one middle school-aged boy.

ANSWER FROM READER:

I was forced to go to church every Sunday when I was a kid and as soon as I could stop, around seventeen, I didn't go back until I was in my late 30's. For the most part, I didn't want to have to get up on my day off, get dressed up again and attend a service which was boring to me. I did change religions and am much happier with the current one. It might have helped if kids as well as adults could just go to church in a t-shirt and jeans... like we do today. - Ron T. in New York City, NY

FROM JODIE:

Personally, I think it's pretty important for kids and parents to go to church together but maybe be in separate areas with different programs and people. Kids can get pretty antsy during church services for obvious reasons. They seem long and perhaps boring plus kids, like everyone else, have to be quiet. However, depending on what kind of church you attend, there may be alternatives available that the kids may enjoy more. For example, many churches now offer a Friday and even Saturday evening service where it's much more relaxed. And, many offer special services tailored to children and teens. Oftentimes, they go to different rooms according to age groups, similar to Sunday school, or maybe just meet in a larger area beginning at around age eight. Either way, the person leading the congregation is usually a young adult and has several other young adults who are considered to be helpers or youth leaders, who enjoy all ages of kids to teens and have something amazing planned each week for an allotted amount of time. Many offer various opportunities for kid and teen members to become a part of a band, choir or even an actors club, all of which take turns performing during certain times of the month. It can be a very enriching, happy and cool place to hang out and still learn the things parents want them to without all the emotional stress you're currently going through.

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© Jodie Lynn
Jodie Lynn is an award-winning internationally syndicated family/health columnist and radio personality. Her syndicated column Parent to Parent has been successful for over 10 years and appears in newspapers, magazines, newsletters and throughout the Internet. She is a regular contributor to several sites including eDiets.com, KeepKidsHealthy.com, ClubMom.com, BabyUniverse.com, CatholicMom.com, MainStreetMom.com and MommiesMagazine.com. Lynn has written four books and contributed to three others, one of which was on Oprah and has appeared on NBC in a three month parenting segment. Her latest books are "Mom CEO (Chief Everything Officer) - Having, Doing and Surviving It All!" (June 2006) and "Syndication Secrets - What No One Will Tell You!" (March 2006).
Please visit www.ParentToParent.com for details on her new radio talk show, Inside Parenting Success.

 

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