It wasn't our best day at Mass today. It had barely started when I got paged. Pete went outside to deal with the issue, and didn't return until the Eucharist. Meanwhile, Zach was being a total pain, arguing with Vinnie and shaking his fist at him. Finally I had had enough and sent Zach outside. He also didn't return until the Eucharist. Fr Larry called the children up for the homily, so Joey and Vinnie went up. Vinnie then starting talking to the priest about some game he played, won some coins, blah, blah, blah. The entire parish was cracking up as I sank further into my seat. Fr. Larry finally got Vinnie to stop talking so he could finish the Mass. Meanwhile I was paged again, had 1 kid who needed to use the bathroom, and 2 more trips to the water fountain. Before Communion, Joey started having "stomach issues" (ie. was farting so I sent him to the bathroom) and he spent the rest of the Mass in the bathroom trying to poop. I was exhausted by the time Mass ended.
I certainly didn't want Zach to think he got away with something by being sent out of church for the majority of Mass. When we got home I made him go to his room and read the readings from Mass along with his Magnifikid magazine (it follows through the entire Mass for kids) and write a summary of each of the readings. I am guessing he won't act that way in church again.Seriously, does this kid have the worst handwriting ever?!
2 months ago