Here's one hilarious backfire of singing Primary songs at bedtime that this LDS dad didn't expect.
From the time she was a newborn until she was too big to cradle, my daughter Kate was serenaded every night by her dad (that’s me) singing “I Am a Child of God.” We sang this song so much that it became a part of my own nightly routine. If she ever fell asleep (on the couch, in a chair, at the table, etc.) before we tackled the bedtime routine, I still sang that song to her while I carried her into her bed.
This was such a sweet tradition that I couldn’t imagine it backfiring on me…especially at church.
That’s right—primary song at home = bad day at church. Here’s how that worked out for us:
We were new parents and she was our only child at the time. When she got old enough to be mobile at church, she fussed enough for the entire three-hour Sunday block that inactivity started looking like a viable option (not really, so don’t get any ideas, young parents).