Techniques for taking children to Church

Here is Jacobus Coleman writing in the seventeenth century about a very contemporary issue,

“Take your children to church at an early age... Accustom them to the service of God and to the holy worship services - to sit still and to be silent. Let it not be too much trouble for you to take your children along with you, just as in olden times the Israelites took their children along with them to the solemn rites of religion. Do not permit them to sleep, to play, or to speak to your in church. Do not give them anything to eat in church, but when they come out of the church with you, then give them something if they sat still.”

The Duties of Parents, Jacobus Koelman, P48

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