While kids can be a great blessing to have in your life, they can also make a lot of things much more challenging than they were when you didn’t have kids. And although many times you have the freedom and flexibility to work within your child’s temperament and personality, there are other times where these things are just beyond your control. So when you get invited to a wedding, you may be nervous about how your child will do in this type of environment. But to ensure that you don’t distract from the event with your rambunctious child, here are three tips for taking your kids to a wedding.
Understand Your Child’s Timing and Routine
Because you’re not going to be in charge of the timing of the wedding and all of its events, you may need to plan as much flexibility into your child’s routine as you can. However, it’s important that you know the limits that your child is working with. For example, Richie Frieman, a contributor to QuickAndDirtyTips.com, shares that you shouldn’t expect your child to act like an angel at an 8:00 pm wedding ceremony if they normally go to bed at 7:30 pm. In a situation such as this, you may need to get a babysitter or skip the event altogether. But as long as you’re not expecting too much from your child, you should be good.
Prepare For Downtime
If the wedding you’re attending is going to be an all-day event, you and your child should both be prepared for some downtime. While you might be able to sit quietly and wait patiently until the next exciting thing happens, like the exchanging of rings, your child will not. Knowing this, PopSugar Moms recommends that you bring some quiet toys or activities for your child to do when they get bored or there’s nothing going on. This could include coloring, quiet books, or other activities that don’t make much noise.
Only Take On One-Handed Tasks
If this is a wedding that you’re playing a part in, trying to watch your child while participating can be a real challenge. Because of this, Conor Grennan, a contributor to the Huffington Post, suggests that you try to get good with one-handed tasks, like eating. When tending to your child, you’ll likely have to keep one eye on him or her and the other eye on what you’re doing. And if you’re going to be needing to watch with just one eye, you’ll probably need to have a hand on them as well. So before you volunteer to help with too many things, make sure you will actually be able to accomplish that task and watch your child.
To help you enjoy a wedding with your child, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you both prepare for this event.