I currently live with my aunt while I am working my way through college and she seems to think of me as her nanny. She has a three year old son that she just adopted from Russia. The problem is that she typically doesn’t give me any notice when she wants me to watch him and it has started overlapping the times I go to mass. She is protestant but is ok with me taking him with me to mass. My problem is that being a 21 year old, only child basically I am not great with keep a 3 year old entertained or at least attentive. He is all over the place and is loud. There is no children’s program or cry room at my parish.
I was wondering if any of you out in CAF land could give me a few pointers on how to actually get him to stay relatively quiet (I know that I can’t expect perfect behavior.) and how to keep him entertained without disrupting those around me. I would like to actually be able to listen to most of the homily! Also any pointers on keeping him from trying to grab the communion cup would be appreciated!