I was wondering, is it okay to bribe my 5-year-old to go to Mass? Most times it's not a question with her, she just likes to go to Mass with me and loves shaking hands with all the priests. Plus we always go on a mommy daughter lunch after Mass each week (it's out little thing to do together).
But this past Sunday, we've had my in-laws staying with us (along with their daughter about the same age). They don't go to Church (and neither does my husband who told me I probably shouldn't take my daughter to avoid "drama"). Plus my daughter sulked at the idea of going to Church and not playing with her cousin. I considered not taking her, but felt badly about the idea and I decided to trust my gut.
So I bribed my daughter to go to Mass. We went early in the morning (so we'd leave when no one was awake yet and maybe be back before they got up--no missed play time) and I promised her we could buy doughnuts for everyone and surprise them. I feel badly about the bribe, but not as horrible as I would feel if I didn't take her at all. She doesn't really understand what's going on during Mass the whole time, but at the same time, I don't want to set bad examples.