Another day, another topic. This one, from Hard of Hearing in Canada, might start a firestorm – then again, it might not. I can never tell about these things. Let me turn the forum over to HOH to present her own case:

Why not an article about babies in class who are not crying but garbling and making noise to the point one cannot hear? What should the parents do? Yesterday in my ward there were three less-than-one-year-olds, all making so much noise I wanted to yell at the parents to go to back of the room at least.

Hard of Hearing in Canada

Okay, I have a confession to make. All I can think to say about this topic is, “Ouch.” The reason it makes me wince is that I have a sneaking suspicion that half the babies in our congregation babble because I’m making faces at them. I do this to keep myself awake in sacrament meeting, and because the kids in our ward are so darn cute.

Having made that confession, I turn the topic over to you. I present HOH’s question in two parts. Here they are:

  1. Readers, at what point should children be removed from a church meeting (be it sacrament meeting, Relief Society, priesthood, or any other meeting where talks are being given or lessons are being taught)?
  2. Parents of young children, does it make it harder for you when clueless non-parents entertain your children in sacrament meeting, causing them to laugh and wave and otherwise act like the children they are?

Enquiring minds, both HOH and I are in need of your help. How quickly should the little tykes be taken out, anyway? And should people like me put pillowcases over their heads in church so we don’t thoughtlessly entice your kidlets to turn around toward the back and jabber in glee?

Please, oh please, do not use the form on this page to write to me. Write a separate email and send it to [email protected]“>[email protected]. Put something in the subject line to let me know your letter isn’t spam. But please write in and propose a solution to the problem that will allow HOH to be able to pay attention in church meetings, yet still allow young parents to be able to feel as though their trip to church was worth the effort of getting up and hauling their children to church. Compromise, anyone?

Until next week – Kathy

 “A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller,

home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living.”

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