1. Sit inside the church. We used to sit/stand by the door were other kids are playing. I realized that the more Aki sees other children playing, the more he thinks that it is okay to run, jump and make friends during mass.
2. Keep your word that the toddler need to stay in his seat until end of the mass. He will later get the message that no crying, no begging, no cutie patootie smile will make you change your mind.
3. Most importantly, remove his shoes! It worked the last two times went to mass. Who would have known that the trick is that simple?!