WARNING: This post is more or less a proud parent brag moment. View discretion is advised.
My wife and I have gotten a bit of guff from folks in the past over our insistence that our kids--ages 4 and 1--attend Mass each week. Our reasoning is that our kids are baptized and therefore are full-fledged members of the Church and belong in the community. Reasons to be more relaxed about it have come up like our kids are too young to understand anyway, everyone knows kids can be distracting during church, and so on. Needless to say our kids haven't missed Mass much; if at all.
This morning we were getting ready and our oldest began singing; which isn't unusual at all. She likes to make up songs or sing what she hears in the car. This morning, however, she sang the Memorial Acclamation; an obscure congregational response from the middle of the Eucharistic Prayer.
Does she "get" it? Probably not (but neither do I, really). Does she get unruly and distracting? Yes, most weeks. Is she Mass making an impression on her? Yes, and it's amazing to watch.