My dd is almost 11 months old. When she turned 10 months she started sitting quietly with a few "shh" reminders during Sunday School and at least the morning church service. Then she got sick and we stayed home for about 2 weeks and now when we went back, she won't sit or be quiet. I understand that part of the trouble is that we have a new sanctuary now and she doesn't understand that it is still church- I don't know what she thinks it is but I know she thinks it isn't church. She did fall asleep during Sunday school and when she woke up looked at her books and sat quietly on my lap. The morning service she threw the toys and would not stop talking. Finally gave her to daddy and he took her out and spoke sternly to her to sit still and be quiet. Came back in and she sat for the last 10 minutes. Then, the evening service, she threw the toys even when I said "no" and then started crying when I didn't give the toy back to her. I took her out and scolded her for throwing the toy and bawling- she bawled louder and wouldn't stop. I sat out in the nursery with her for awhile and finally she was calm so we went back in. Sat for maybe 10 minutes and suddenly started bawling again. We spent the rest of the service in the nursery where she sat on my lap and had some snacks that she really wasn't interesed in and cried every now and then. I don't know what to do with her any more. I am trying to sit down every evening and read a story or have daddy read and hold her on my lap or his and insist on a "quiet" time before bed. In case you're wondering why she needs to sit in church, all the kids are expected to sit in church by 1 yr. If they get hungry or wet or something you can take them out but they are suppossed to sit for most of the time which is about 45 min of preaching. Any ideas?
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4/10/06 at 9:54pm