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In church the whole family sat together in one pew... We were a family. We were meant to stand and sit and kneel before the Lord together and, all objections notwithstanding (we raised many), I believe he was right... Sitting still was a point of doctrine. Judging by the ceaseless wriggling, twisting, getting up and down, and traipsing out to the restroom that one sees in church today I gather that most parents assume that it is impossible for little children to learn to sit still, even for an hour, and therefor cruel to expect it. To that I say rubbish! In the first place, I know it's possible-- we learned it and I know some children today who learn it... In the second place, I believe that it's wrong not to expect it, for in addition to being a fundamental lesson in a child's submission to the will of his parents, it is also the best place to begin to train mastery of the body. To control movement in obedience to parents enables a child to control movement later in obedience to his own will.
Taken from The Shaping of a Christian Family, by Elisabeth Elliott