Question for all of you on here. At what age do you stop taking your children in the confessional with you?
It’s not that my 3 year old couldn’t be out by himself while i’m in the confessional, it’s that I don’t want to leave him alone. It’s not even so much the danger of him getting lost/taken as the more probably danger of him deciding to play with lighted candles or other liturgical items (the confessional is in the front of the church only 20 feet from the altar), or even running about while others are trying to pray. Even though he is well disciplined, I know that 3 year olds can be 3 year olds and throw caution to the wind at times…
Also of concern is that he’s old enough to hear and talk. While he has not yet repeated any of my sins, there is always that possibility (not that I would hold it against him, but I might be mighty embarassed).
Oh, and there are times when I have to go to confession when I have no choice but to take the boys with me (and i’m not putting off a confession when I need to go).
Just curious what some of you other parents have done?