Who’s Sitting In That Highchair?

Nathan in the highchair 1978

For about five years the sweetest family lived next door to us.  Kathy and Chuck had four little children at the time.  The Bentley’s took their job of parenting very seriously.  Kathy home schooled the children, ground her own wheat to make fresh bread each week and she created the best tasting homemade granola ever.

On occasion, after they put their children to bed, our friends would invite Steve and me over.  I guess they longed to talk to someone eye level.  One night, as we were enjoying each other’s company and drinking some delicious French press coffee, Kathy began to talk about her day.  She confided that throughout the day she had cried out to God to help her do the very important job of parenting.

She said, “As I was praying, I thought of one of my favorite passages that encourages me as a parent.  You know the one that says, ‘Chain up a child when they are young.’”  Steve, Chuck and I looked at each other and began to laugh.  Then Kathy realized her mistake and joined in the laughter.

Raising children is not for the faint of heart.  I would contend that there’s probably not a harder job on the face of the earth.  As parents we are actually architects building little temples where Jesus wants to live.

Of all the songs we have sung through the years, perhaps one of the most important is the song, “The Highchair.”

Heidi 1980




If we can look past the dirty faces, the sticky fingers, the spilt milk and the messy diapers we will be able to see the building blocks God wants to use to change the world.



Listen to the audio: The Highchair




The Highchair


Who is that little fellow with ketchup on his nose

Spaghetti in his hair and that Kodak pose

Who’s sitting in that highchair keeping rhythm with a spoon

He’s got your full attention and you’re crazy as a loon


He might the doctor that finally finds a cure

Or the one who brings the schools back into prayer

He may be there with you when you’re old and all alone

You don’t know, who’s sitting in that highchair


The latest "little lady"  Sylvia Grace Beall

The latest “little lady”
Sylvia Grace Beall

Who is that little lady as precious as a lamb

Painting like an artist with that pudding in her hand

Who’s sitting in that highchair with her supper on the floor

She’s got you saying things like, “I can’t take it anymore!”


She might be the first lady to fly beyond the moon

Or the one who changes history with her prayers

She may be there with you when you’re old and all alone


You don’t know who’s sitting in that highchair


Step back and take a look

Take a picture of that moment in your mind

That dirty face in heaven’s book

Is where the future treasures always go to hide


Steve Chapman/Times & Seasons Music/BMI


  1. Harry & Glenda Mills says

    We were very pleased to receive this web site. Just now opened it and we do plan on utilizing it. You’ve bleesed so many. We stillll some of your songs to this day. Your ministry is exatcly what the world needs at this time. We love you and your ministry..Harry & Glenda Mills

  2. jessica Saloski says

    I’m a 29 year old mother of 4 that grew up listening to this song! I loved it as a little girl! I’ve been singing it to my babies for 11 years and it touches my heart to actually get to hear it again! I cherish this song more than I can say! I always take the words to heart and pray my children will remember it!

    • Jessica,
      What a sweet comment. I am glad our music was… and is a source of encouragement to you as you do the all important job of raising children. God bless you as you look to Him daily for strength, direction and wisdom on how to “train them up in the way they should go.”
      Blessings on you and yours!
      Steve and Annie

  3. Geri Swihart says

    I played this for my granddaughter. I’m now great grandmother and she asked for it to be played for her son. It touched my heart so much that she remembered it. Thank you for the songs on this album.

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