Beth Meleski wrote this very encouraging article back in 2016 in the America Magazine.
As parents we struggle to firstly get to Mass with the children, and once there, with all their activity we wonder at the sense of being there at all.
But Beth takes a delightful view of the noise and antics of young children and states: "Over the years, and still today, we choose, time and again, to brave the wrath of children awakened too early on a weekend morning, in order that we might continue to attend Mass as a family. We prioritize religious education over sports, dance rehearsals and social events. We find ways, in our increasingly secular world, to work our faith into our lives; sharing parables and the stories of the saints as bedtime stories and stopping for evening prayers each night, a practice that reconnects us after a long day of going our separate ways. We rely on our “village” to help us set examples in words and deeds."
Read the full article here