The Adam-friendly Crying Room

Should we Cement-In all Crying Rooms?

There have been times when I have banished myself to the crying room. Particularly with a tiny infant when my breast-feeding attempts were pretty awkward…and about as discrete as Adam eating chocolate cake. I was just grateful to catch a few words while attracting as little attention as possible.

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Hi Frankie! It’s MAY!

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Hey Frankie!

I was wondering how you’re doing! We haven’t written in a while, but I thought I’d tell you what I’ve been up to.

I turned three, I’ve got a cool set of Animal Planet animals and my brother’s old workbench, that actually looks pretty new. I’ve  got some cool tools (even if I broke the hammer already) and my Dad filled the sandbox with nice new sand. I figured out how to reach chocolate and the pancake  mix in the high cupboards and they pumped up my basketball, so it’s got a good bounce.

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Adam says…Hey, Frankie…

Adam and Frankie are toddlers who correspond through their Mom’s blogs Equipping Catholic Families and Catholic All Year  about being Catholic and being the youngest in a big Catholic family. For the complete correspondence of Adam and Frankie…check out The Catholic Toddler Letters! Dear Frankie, It has been a while since we corresponded! I learned about some of the things you have been up to on your Mom’s blog

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Hey Frankie…it’s a Snow Day!

Hi Frankie,
Sorry I haven’t been writing so much this week, but I’ve been pretty busy playing in the snow.You see, last Friday was a “snow day” which meant my older siblings were home from school because the buses were cancelled and most people were just staying home.  It was good to have them home, because we had a lot of work to do!

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A Letter to Frankie about the All for Jesus Lent Challenge

Hi Frankie,

Nice to hear about your plans for Lent.  I like your =&0=&(wow, do you get to hold a candle?!?) and I think the counting to 40 after Grace before Meals is a simple, but pretty effective idea. I’ve been insisting on leading Grace for my family these days, but I think that they suspect that I don’t really know all the words.  I don’t think I can quite count to 40 (maybe 11, with a couple jumbled numbers?) but I bet one of my older sisters or brother could lead that.

Well, I showed you in my last letter some of the things my family has done for Lent in the past.  I like how your family does so many different things and you try to make them a habit for the rest of the year.  I suspect that our family will try to do one or two things…maybe even a different focus for each week in Lent.

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Adam’s got mail! Frankie’s Guide for Lent

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Hey Frankie! Meet Boppa!

another letter from  Adam to Frankie in the Catholic Toddler Letters

Hi Frankie,

Well, I’m not sure if you remember in my last letter how I asked





“Hey Frankie, what’s the deal with the other people (without little kids) insisting on sitting at the end of the pew so that it’s really hard for parents to leave the pew with a screaming kid?”

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Hey, Adam’s got mail! Another Catholic Toddler Letter from Frankie!

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A Letter to Frankie about Mom’s Mass Survival Tips

The Catholic Toddler Letters of Frankie and Adam

This is an excerpt of a letter from a wonderful little boy named Frankie, graciously transcribed by his Mom at=&0=& to the Lady who yelled at his Mom  at Church. I love how eloquent this letter is and how Frankie clearly rises above uncharitable reactions.  He has clearly grasped the lessons of St Therese, converting experiences with cranky people to opportunities for growing in virtue. Please check out An Open Letter to the Church Lady Who Yelled at My Mom for the full letter in its wisdom-filled entirety!

Little Frankie writes:

you took that opportunity to tell my mom a lot of stuff including that she is “a big distraction in Mass” and “everyone thinks so”.  Ouch.
Now, my mom and I both know you are wrong.  I’ve been coming to this Mass with my mom since before I was born.  These people are crazy about me.  “EVERYONE” seems to me to really like seeing young families at Mass.
…Well, here’s what I have to say about that: Who says you get to have peace and serenity at Mass?  Either of you?  You can be hair shirts for each other.  And maybe it will make you both better people.  
All right Church Lady, that’s all for now.  Those block towers aren’t going to smash themselves.  But I’ll see you tomorrow morning.  And pretending you don’t see me just makes me try harder to get your attention.  love Frankie
The truth is, Frankie sounds a lot like my little guy Adam.  Adam likes to be busy and he has been known to bang things around and shriek a little at Mass.  OK, a lot.  Frankie’s Mom and I have decided to let Frankie and Adam be pen-pals and explore the world of Mass, cranky people, Catholic traditions, being the youngest of 5 or 6 kids and how they are doing on their daunting task of training their Moms, Dads and siblings in their Catholic vocations.

Here is Adam’s first response to Frankie (graciously transcribed by Adam’s Mom):

Hi Frankie,

I know just what you mean. My mom gets uptight about cranky old people who glare at her just because I like to stay busy at Mass. Sometimes I want to sort the hymn books or just flip through them, pretending I can read music. Sometimes the kneeler isn’t down and someone has their foot on it and it makes it hard to have it ready for kneeling time. Sometimes I just want to make a dash for the aisle and see how many pews I can cross before someone grabs me.

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