People have been telling me forever that my kids are well behaved at Mass. I’ll tell you the secret… It is really easy and takes no preparation. Most people aren’t willing to do it though. Are you ready?
Sit in the front pew. Not the second, not close to the front. The first row. Think about it. If you were 30 inches tall and you were standing behind a 6 foot man and a large lady, what would you see and think about at church? Rear ends! Even if you hold your kids up (which does help) they still are not seeing as high as you are and it is not practical to hold them the whole time. There are SO many distractions in a crowd. Up front what do you see? The candles, the priest, the bible, the bread and wine, the cross. Kids become engaged in the “play” of the Mass. Sitting up front helps even at a VERY young age- as soon as a baby has long range vision and continues through all of childhood. You can whisper in her ear about the candles, about Jesus, about the kids who are helping at Mass.
Of course, kids do make noise. Lots of it sometimes so, having a get-away plan is pretty necessary in the early ages. Sitting on the side helps.
Not only will your kids benefit but, once you start this as a habit, you will realize you your self are getting tons more out of Mass.