We were gathered around the table in our parish's fellowship hall, and the boys were ready to tear into their donuts: the long-awaited, long-promised bribery for behaving themselves decently at Mass. When it hit me: we could do something more here. Everyone finally quiet and happy? Ready to feed our rumbling tummies? Together at last after another morning of trading off the toddler? It was a perfect moment to seize. "Hey," I began, my own mouth full of cinnamon sugar. "While we're eating our donuts, let's each say one thing we liked about church today." My husband's eyebrows went up. I shrugged and mouthed why not? To my surprise, our oldest jumped in immediately. "I liked the drumming. And I REALLY liked when that baby got dunked!" I laughed. Me, too. We went around the circle. The youngest declared he liked donut. (Big surprise.) The adults agreed they liked the music, since they both missed the homily. (Big surprise.) Instead of scarfing down our treats and hustling to the … [Read more...] about parenting hacks of faith: what are your tips for church?