10 myths about a church nursery

Cartoon of two babies. One says, "It's not so bad here, kid. The snacks are great, they have decent background music and the rattles are to die for."Nurseries are magical places. grandmotherly types get to rock babies and workers get to dole out Cheerios® and Goldfish® Crackers by the truckload.

But new volunteers still get intimidated by the church nursery. Fear not! For Behold! I give you the top ten myths about a church nursery.

  1. Just because an adult enters a nursery doesn’t automatically guarantee they will get the flu, a stomach virus, or just general case of the “ick.”
  2. There is not, nor has there ever been a dirty diaper with your name on it.
  3. You’re allowed to eat the snacks as long as you give them to the children first.
  4. If you don’t know the lyrics to Jesus Loves Me, don’t sweat it. Everybody only knows the first verse any way.
  5. It’s not true there are bio hazard suits for the really messy diapers. (sorry about that one).
  6. When somebody calls a baby “a walker,” it does not mean the child has become a zombie.
  7. You can leave once the parents come for their children. It’s not the Hotel California.
  8. Yes, we admit those baby activity centers are fun to play with. It’s okay for the workers to play with them too.
  9. Though diaper bags are large, mysterious containers full of magic, no child has ever gone missing in one of them.
  10. When you have a baby smile at you, the whole hour is definitely worth it!

So tell us, nursery workers, what are some myths you discovered about working in the the nursery?


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Should you change or replace the whole thing?

Cartoon of a dad and a baby at a chancing table. The dad says, "We have a dirty diaper! Instead of changing it, should I just replace it?

Change is difficult even if it smells like a dirty diaper. A baby brings a lot of change into a family. And you can be sure the baby will be changing through the course of his lifetime. Before you know it, they’re off to school, graduating and having babies of their own.

When things get hard, it’s tempting to just scrap the whole thing and start from scratch. There are times when that may even be the best course. But when it comes to children, keep going! You may need to make some changes, but stay the course.

I would still advise you to replace the entire diaper, though.


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His whole life flashed before his screen

Cartoon of a man staring at a computer screen

We make all sorts of decisions each day. Throughout the day, I’m tempted to spend my time in front of a screen. Whether it’s a television, computer screen or a mobile phone, it can get so easy to get lost in a glowing rectangle.

Sometimes, I can justify it because I am working. Other times,  I wonder where the time went. That glowing rectangle can sure hypnotize me!

Then I remember my time is so limited on this planet. My kids have grown. Did I spend too much time in front of a screen when I should have been in front of them?

Time is short. Teach me to number my days, that I may gain a heart of wisdom.  Our time is short. Make sure most of it isn’t in front of a glowing rectangle!


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Graduation Beginnings

This is an illustration of a baby in a cap and gown. I drew this for Illustration Friday. This week’s word is “beginner.” It reminded me of how young we are when we go out into the world with our degrees. We think we are prepared and ready, but really, we are so naive about what is to come. We can never predict the good and bad that will come our way.