People without children, or people for whom caring for children is a distant memory, are susceptible to having less-than-healthy attitudes about children in church. I'd rather have them in church, even if their parents have not taught them to be well behaved. I also am more than hesitant to say something that might make those parents think they are not welcome. Better to put up with some noise, or replace something that is mistreated, than to forbid the little ones from coming to Jesus. So, this little quote from Pastor Weedon's sermon for St. Michael's day struck me:
And so when you see a child in church, you mustn’t think poorly of them – no matter how noisy and squirmy they may be. You must learn to see them as God sees them, as so precious and important to the King of heaven that to each one has been assigned a big, burly heavenly body and soul guard.You can read the whole thing here.