6. Never Bring Snacks – Seriously, your child can’t go an hour without eating?

7. Quietly Explain Everything That’s Happening – Gently explain to your children everything that is happening from the processional to the recessional, that way they are fully participating in Mass. This keeps you both engaged, and reminds your child that they always deserve your full attention. 

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Rachel Manley

Rachel Manley is a happy stay-at-home mom of six, six and under. A Nebraska native, she now lives in central Iowa where she often craves Runza, Valentino’s, and Papa Ray’s Pizza. Once a middle school math teacher, she decided to stay home after the birth of her second child and hasn’t looked back…very often. She spends her days reading board books, pushing swings, building train tracks, and giving hugs. By the grace of God Rachel converted to Catholicism in 2004, and soon thereafter married her high school sweetheart. She strives everyday to do the little things, as St. Thérèse did, and to live her life pleasing to Him.