We go to a Reformed baptist church. We love it there, it is a small congregation and we have really fit in with everyone. There are lots of young couples, quite a few of them expecting around the time I am, and the Bible preaching is solid.
Ok, so now that I've said how much I love the church, I need some advice. Or opinions. Or something.
Since it is a small church, the nursery only goes to age 3 (meaning, the child has to leave the nursery at the 3rd birthday... This is during the main service, mind you... Toddlers still have a Sunday School hour. ) After age 3, the child has to stay with their parents during the worship service, which is an hour. Ok. I know that I still have a year to work with my dd, who will be 2 next month... But I am FREAKING OUT over the thought of teaching her to be quiet and still for a whole hour!!
Does anyone else think this is odd???
My dd is very.. umm, spirited. It's nearly impossible for her to sit still for more than a few minutes. And from what I read and hear about toddlers, this is normal behavior. We tried a couple weekends ago to keep us out with us, just to see how it would go... and she didnt even last 5 minutes. *sigh*
The director of the nursery is a young mom, she has a 1 year old little boy. Apparently, she is going to "train" him to sit in the service, and never use the nursery. She is doing this by spanking him when he "acts up". I havent outright asked her, but I can only assume that when and if I asked for advice on how to keep my dd quiet, they would say to spank her when she gets loud.
Im sorry.... But we dont spank to begin with, and even if we did, I would NEVER spank in a church setting for doing things that are normal baby/toddler behavior.
Soooo anyone have any advice on how I can get my spunky little lady to sit still and quiet for an hour within the next year?? Im already having anxiety about it.
(BTW, it doesnt help when I sit in church and see all the other children my dd's age who are sitting quietly.... Of course, their personalities are very quiet and timid, too, so I guess that's why???)