In many of the blogs I write, I talk about one of the most important duties of a dad – embarrassing their children. It’s been this way for centuries and most parents (and children) know this to be true. Something that is equally true but less well-known is the responsibility children have to embarrass their parents…especially their mothers.

Thankfully for children throughout the world, parents give them opportunities to fulfill this responsibility every week at church! Whether from the pulpit, in the hallway, during sharing time or on the way home – kids know how to embarrass us parents.

For my own mother, it was when her potty-training daughter declared during one very quiet sacrament service “This is good water, huh, mommy? This isn’t pee water!”

For my wife and I, we learned that a gassy baby makes the most…noise…at precisely the moment the speaker pauses for effect during their talk.

For Latter-day Laughs reader Krista Cercone, her mother discovered this when Krista was three years old:

My mother told me that when I was 3 years old, she once asked me to go get her some tissue from the bathroom in the middle of sacrament meeting. As I was coming down the stairs that were in the back of the room we were meeting in, I yelled to my mother: “Here’s your toilet paper, Mom!”

Bob Powelson of Port Alice, British Columbia (Canada) shared when his daughter fulfilled this responsibility with amazing aptitude:

A long time ago in branch far away, Sundays were busy and our three little children pretty much took care of themselves.  My wife was the pianist and was playing the prelude music while I was preparing to conduct the meeting.  At one point I noticed the entire congregation was smiling while snickering and looking at the piano. There stood our 3-year-old daughter, stark naked except for ankle socks, standing next to the piano and dancing. A sister grabbed our daughter and her clothes and took her out to dress her. No one was offended, but reverence that morning was definitely lacking.

And finally, Guy Wilcox of Taylorsville, Utah shared this gem back in 2011 about how to NOT make a good impression when you first attend a ward:

Long ago, when we had just moved into a new ward and had five small children and one on the way, we had been asked to speak in sacrament meeting.  We were seated on the stand before the meeting started and our 3-year-old was getting fussy.  I brought him to the stand with me in an attempt to calm him down.  Instead he just got worse.  I picked him up to carry him into the hall for a little talk.  As I stood, he yelled: “Help me!  Help me!”  Then he grabbed onto the cloth on the sacrament table, and as I walked down the stairs he managed to pull everything off the table—trays and all.  That was our introduction to the new ward.  It was pretty hard to live that one down!   

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