mad woman, putting shoes on tiny feet, and shoving little arms in teeny
jacket arm-holes, pouring some cheerios and milk in small, plastic
containers for my toddler and redoing my preschoolers hair...again. I find a few small, quiet toys for my wee ones and get all of
us out the door. I lug my toddler and diaper bag with one hand and
hold my preschoolers's hand with the other and we waddle into church. My little darlings are fairly quiet during church, but looking at Down on
the Farm and playing with plastic keys don't seem like spiritually fulfilling
activities for my little angels.
The solution? A Mass Bag!
few books and quiet toys that won't be missed during the week, and set it aside where I can easily grab when we are walking out the door. Now all I have to do is throw the snack and sippy in my toddler's bag and head out the door. LOVE IT!
What would you put in a Mass Bag, you ask?
- Small bag of wipes and diaper
- Small snack and sippy(we use cheerios in a plastic bag that we hand
out. This minimizes mess making and ensures that the cheerios last the whole service.)
- a few toys like a soft doll, and a small coloring book, preferably with religious images
- a Catholic board Book or two. Some of my favorites are:
change as well. My preschooler no longer gets a snack or sippy.
She is limited to the books and a Dollie. We do not get
them out right away, but use them as needed. As her attention
span lengthens she will leave the bag at home and begin to participate
fully in the mass.
When to make these transitions for your child is a personal choice, unique to your specific child. Only you know when to start tapering down the extras for your child. I would say a good rule of thumb is to drop the bag altogether by at least somewhere around the end of 1st grade, remembering that the earlier your children learn to be attentive and participative during the mass, the better for them in the long
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