Hi, JJHIII! You might benefit greatly from books written by Mark Shea, Scott Hahn, and Thomas Howard. Mark Shea also has his own site apart from his blog, something like Mark-shea.com Oh, and the blog Visits to Candyland was created to refute the anti-catholic teaching/raving of a sola scriptura blogger, so there are a ton of good articles there.
I go to weekday Mass three days. We have it in the early morning some days, late morning with schoolkids once, and once a week in the evening. I take my five year old daughter on Friday morning. We call it the crack o’ dawn Mass, and follow it with breakfast at a local joint with other parishioners and the priest. It’s been a grand way for her to get to know the priest.
She does pretty well at Mass most times. I have made it a point to either answer all her questions very quickly, or ask the priest/deacon, so that we don’t forget. The deacon once gave us a very nice “tour of the tabernacle” where he showed my kids the key and the curtains and the ciborium and luna inside. And the candle nearby, etc etc. I help with flowers and things and so I’ve taken the kids into the sacristy and shown them all the mysterious things in there They are both like me, much more comfortable once they’ve been in a place.
Oh, and generally only the diehards are going to show up for daily Mass, and I find that crowd much more tolerant of the usual kid noises. I would of course take either of my children out if they were being inappropriate, but I’m talking about the coughs and sometimes dropping a hymnal or singing out at the wrong time, whatever. It’s not such a big deal at daily Mass, because we know we’ll be back again tomorrow.