One of my favorite authors and speakers, Mike Hayes of Googling God: The Religious Landscape of People in Their 20s and 30s, has an interesting post on crying babies. Mike’s post is his reaction to and thoughts regarding a post by Deacon Greg and shares his personal thoughts on what to do about unruly children and crying babies at Mass. It’s an age old dilemma – Mike advocates for the old “cry room” as a respite for children who cannot be consoled. He aslo shares a horrifying tale of a priest who basically banished one poor mom of rowdy kids during the middle of a homily.
I don’t know how I ever survived hauling my two crazy boys to Mass when they were toddlers – I have to admit that I frequently relied on the assistance of our parish babysitting service, which actually no longer exists. I’m so proud of my sister Erin, for the great job she’s done with my nephews Evan and Tyler – they have always gone to Mass as a family and their large, urban parish does not have a “cry room”.
What’s your take on Mike’s post? Share your comments on his site, or let me know here what you think about cry rooms, crying kids, and cranky priests.