Sunday mornings can feel incredibly stressful, especially when you have young kids. Lindsey Carlson, pastor’s wife and mom of five, shares how she manages the chaos by having appropriate expectations of her kids, seeking the Spirit’s guidance, and relying on grab-n-go breakfasts.
- Recognize Sundays will be chaotic. Preparation and clear expectations help minimize the chaos.
- Remind your kids that they are not coming to church to be looked at or to impress anyone. They are coming because they are participants in the Body of Christ.
- When disciplining your kids at church, ask the Spirit to help you focus on what you are trying to teach your child, not on what everyone else is thinking.
“As a pastor’s wife, you have to reconcile the fact that Sunday is going to be the craziest day of the week. How can I minimize the chaos and show up as a servant to my husband, and my church body, but also to my kids that are along for the ride? While there are things that I can’t control, I can show up prepared knowing that it’s gonna be a crazy morning. I can also show up with tools that help me to manage the chaos a little bit and give my kids expectations to know what’s coming.”
“I want my kids to know they are not coming to church to be looked at. They are coming as worshipers to learn about Jesus, to benefit and to serve the body of Christ. Even though their parents have different, unique roles that they’re going to be fulfilling, the kids are not coming to be an extension of me and to be impressive so that I look better. The kids are coming because they are participants in the family of Christ. I want to be very careful that the expectations I set for them are the same I would put on any other kids attending.”
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