Q: The woman in the pew ahead of me at church brought her three young kids, who were noisy and ill behaved during the service. What should I do if it happens again?
A: Approach her privately after the service, introduce yourself and say “It’s so nice to have young families coming to this church. Did you know we have a nursery here? The staff does a wonderful job caring for children–I’d be happy to take you over and introduce you to them.” This way, you’re making her feel welcome while providing a solution to your own problem. If she continues to bring the children and they’re still unruly–or if there’s no childcare available–then you can ask the pastor or education director to step in.