Use this Method to Get Your Child to Listen and Behave
How to Have Children Behave at a Formal Event
Make sure it is acceptable and appropriate for children to attend.Confirm with the host if the event is open to families or if it is adult only. Never assume!
Find out the duration and actual start time of the event.
- If it is too late or during nap time you could be fighting an uphill battle with the most behaved child.
- The time on the invitation may be just the start time. Talk to the host and determine if there will be a other festivities such as a cocktail hour (such as at a wedding) or multiple services at a funeral.
- Find out if other children are attending. Reach out to those parents if you know them. Working as a team can give everyone a chance to appreciate the service.
Discuss with the child the event and the expected behavior.
- Start this conversation well in advance of the event.
- Make your expectations clear, and keep up the dialogue.
Practice key behaviors at home and reward good behavior with praise.
- Remember to practice appropriate table manners if food will be served. This includes sitting in the chair and not crawling around on the floor or under the table. This also includes not throwing food.
- Suggest they will be given a special treat if they continue the good behavior throughout the event.
Determine if your child can act and behave appropriately (by everyone else's standards and not just yours).
Make the decision to take your child or find other arrangements.
Create a plan with your spouse or other close family attending to assist you with the childcare and managing your child at the event.
Ask about available childcare during the event or nearby if you'll be traveling from out of town.This is still good to know should your child have a bad day or starts getting sick while you're away.
Take steps to make sure the event is as comfortable for your child as possible.Bring coloring books or other items to occupy your child or to make sure they will not disturb other guests. Pick up a few inexpensive new toys to keep your child's interest.
Leave for the event a little early.You'll have time to get settled with your child before the event begins.
Ask your child about taking a potty break before the event begins.
Give your child your full attention at regular intervals during the event.Your child is used to this attention and will miss it if not provided. A few minutes of play or conversation with your child will be well rewarded.
Know when to excuse yourselves to regain control and know when it is time to leave.
Don't force your child to endure an event just so you can stick around.When the child acts up (this includes crying or whining) you should leave the event (especially during religious services or when others are trying to hear).
Anticipate that your child will likely melt down and fuss at bedtime and plan your exit to not disturb the other guests.
QuestionCan a child wear sandals to a formal event?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt depends on the dress code for the event. If the event is quite chilled out, or the child is young, it should be fine. Generally, you should avoid wearing sandals formally, but you should contact the person holding the event for more specifics.Thanks!
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- Some children are just too small to understand when they should be quiet. Punishing a child for being childish is usually not productive.
- Instead of taking your child to a funeral and graveside service you may consider just taking the child to the memorial or visitation. They can still visit with family and those events are less formal.
- If attending a wake and your child doesn't want to see the body, have your spouse wait in the back with the child while you go to the casket for your final goodbye, and then switch places.
- Children will start to misbehave if you keep them out and awake too late. Pushing them beyond their limit of self-control has natural consequences.
- If you are bringing a very young child to a formal visitation with an open casket, remember that their patience will likely not equal yours, and that they may be especially uncomfortable with the body visible in the room.
- Your tolerance for crying and screaming may be different than the people around you without children.
- Be considerate of the other guests.
- If you are attending a traditional Catholic wake, explain to your child beforehand about the body in the casket, and if they are scared and don't want to attend, accept that and don't force them. If they are that small, it might be emotionally traumatizing or at the least very strange to them.
- Be prepared to cut your visit short if your child should misbehave.
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