As much as I enjoy going to Mass it is getting quite hard now. My children are very young and they behave worse during Mass than any other time of the week.
It is at the point where I have no focus on the Mass and sometimes (like tonight) we left early as they were unbearable.
I know they were tired but even if we went to an early Mass on Sunday they are the same.
Even when we take paper and crayons for them it lasts just seconds as I know one on their own would behave but together they are worse.
Then there are the trips to the toilet, all of a sudden they go more during that short time than they would any other time.
I opinion is they think it is a fun place but I have always stopped them from running around but now they scream when I say so. (Maybe they think a member of the congregation will rescue them from me and let them run around as they are not like this at home).
I was wondering if I could appeal to their Guardian Angels as I hadn’t thought of this before or pray before Mass.
I just don’t understand how their behaviour changes the moment we get there and nowhere else. I understand the terrible twos but how can it be so discriminate, why at Mass?
I know we will end up keeping them at home meaning one of us misses out and I know my wife won’t go on her own so there will be now taking turns for a few months.
What can I do?
It’s as if someone gives them a caffeine injection as we arrive.