My niece is 8, my nephew is 10. They recently were baptized etc this year, and I was a Godparent but I attend a church closer to my home & rarely go to my parents’ church where I attended for a good part of my child years and beyond. My mother takes them to church for Mass on Saturdays as their parents choose not to go to any religious services for various personal reasons including the need to work.
My mother says she has issues with the kids sometimes poking each other, not paying attention, or whispering. She notices it more when she is required to assist as one of several volunteers at the service. I know I was not a complete angel at that age either, and I dont except complete perfection but at same time, I think they are old enough to not poke each other or whisper plus participate with a good effort with both singing and the Mass responses.
Are there any things my mother can use for re-enforcement of good behavior, manners and etiquette in church for the times she is needed to carry out her volunteer duties. She said sometimes a few friends of hers will poke the kids or give them the look/glare but I think thats a bit much to always ask of a friend or friends, or other family members that sometimes come to the same Mass.
I’ve suggested that for each offense that they stay after Mass and the kids sit separate from each other, and pray/meditate/think plus not partaking in the treats often served after mass as I read that in a book some time ago.
Some people even suggested my mother give up her committments of being a Communion and Hospitiality minister to mind the kids but I think the few minutes she isn’t watching the kids, they are old enough to be quiet and not bother each other, and others near them.
Any advice would be welcomed.