[quote="Operalan, post:3, topic:229065"]
My wife and always found, with four kids, that ropes and Super Glue worked best. However, some of our fellow parish members didn't care for those methods. Basically, we brought things to help keep them occupied. A little noise was okay from them as long as they weren't disturbing too much the many others who were trying to worship. We sometimes forget that indeed folks are at the Mass for worshipping and they should be allowed to do that with minimal distraction. The Priest should be allowed to say Mass without having to compete for the congregation's attention.
If things got to noisy or hard to handle in the pew, we'd often carry out our little darling and just walk in the narthex, look at pictures on bulletin boards, even step outside if necessary. We rarely used the cry room---too crowded, too loud, too many germs. We didn't feel we needed to add or take away from that environment.
We got through those years fine and cherish them. You will too!
Ahhhh... your problem lies in not getting the colored duct tape, to match the colors at Mass!
Actually, mine go to Sunday School while I'm at Mass. Then grades 1-6 are excused at the beginning of Mass. They get their age appropriate liturgy, and come back for communion. I'm hoping by 6th grade, my guys will have it together... Or back to the duct tape!;)