[quote="lizziebits, post:1, topic:227340"]
Since this is an internet message board, where the most seemingly self evident fact can be debated, I would like to present something that to me seems indefensible and see if anything can explain it to me.
In addition to my issues with non-pew scootchers, I can not for the life of me figure out why there are occasionally families with four/five/six members, whose youngest child is at least 3, sitting in the cry room. Example: two parents, two kids (let's say ages 3 and 6) and they are all sitting in the cry. This happens all the time in our Church, where the cry room is particularly small.
It's drives me nutso, especially when I come in there halfway through Mass and have a crying baby, or worse, a needs to nurse baby, and there are no seats.
My thought are..... hum.... well, my kids are now 5, 6 and 8, but let me tell you, IF my Church HAD a cry room, I would probably still be in it just so I could cry as loud as I want!
As a matter of fact, I almost didn't become Catholic because of the very un-family friendly atmosphere at my Church (can't go to another Catholic Church bc they are far away and I don't have a car).
If my Church had a cry room for those years when my kids were having toddler tantrums in the middle of the pews and I was there just me and 3 kids and no help, I would have been more than happy to just sit on the floor somewhere in a corner if it meant that people would stop giving me dirty looks because my 1 1/2 year old wont be quiet.
I know that they were trying to be family friendly there, but the prob. was that I had been protestant and my kids were used to going to Churches with AMAZING children's programs/ childcare/ sunday school, the works, and then all of a sudden mommy made them sit in a big room with hard seats and they had to be VERY quiet for 1 hr because they had to "pay attention" to the service (often the homilies were VERY "adult content" in nature).
So, I survived, and so can you! One day, your kids will be older, and you can be the one feeling sorry for someone else who is Catholic and has kids.