Are you going to a church event, but you're afraid that your kids will be disruptive? Here's how to deal with disruptive children when you go to a church event.
Before going to the church event, tell the child that you expect them to be on their best behavior. Set a reasonable consequence for disruptive behavior and stick to it. Tell your children about this consequence. Make sure that their needs are met. If they're hungry or tired, they might be disruptive to get your attention. Make sure they eat a snack and take a short nap before the event.
When they start to be disruptive, tell them to stop or warn them about the consequences that you have set.
If they continue being disruptive, apologise to those around you before turning to your child. Tell your child to stop or when you get home, the consequence will be more severe. Don't be afraid to tell them off in public, but make sure that you're not disrupting any speaking or music.
If they are going to be bored at the event, tell them to choose a book or two, a portable game, or a small toy to take. If they are occupied, they are less likely to disrupt you and other people.
When you get home, follow through with the consequence if your children were disruptive. This may be a grounding, 'corner time', or something else.
Tell the child that if the behavior happens again, they will get the consequence in public. This will probably make them think twice about being unnecessarily disruptive.
If they are still being disruptive while you are at the event, remove them from the area for a few minutes to calm down and assess what's wrong. Ask your children if they need anything, as a church event can be very long. Don't force your children to apologize to others when you get back to the main event. Suggest it, but don't be too annoyed if they don't apologize.