Re: RCIA mom with 11 year old resistant to attending Mass

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momonfire
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Hi Beth–I think you have a tough situation here, but I do think as the parent, you set the rules and your kids have to follow them. I have a 13 year old, 10 years old, both girls and a 7 year old son. Most of my resistance comes from my 7 year old son. They are in Catholic school so they attend mass not only on Sunday , but during the week as well so they are kind of used to the routine. I think you are going to have to get creative–we have made it a ritual that we go out to breakfast after mass or a trip to Tim Horton’s for donuts if there are no coffee and donuts after mass!! What about taking him to church when mass isn’t going on and explaining things to him or better yet, have a priest or youth minister give him the “tour,” so to speak. I think your example is going to help. My girls don’t complain about going to church anymore–but for years they did, and our standard, calm answer as we were driving to mass was always that “We are so dissappointed that you can’t take one hour and a half out of 168 hours in a week to thank God for all the blessings that HE has given you.” Usually there was always silence! After many years of hearing that, I think they get it and they are pretty prayerful girls–we are still working on my son!
Good luck