5 Ways To Entertain Your Children In Ramadan

Our blessed month of Ramadan is here! Ramadan is a time for fasting, increased prayers, and increasing our good deeds in general. In the midst of our efforts to improve our worship, we mustn’t forget that our little ones still need attention and activities to keep them busy. This is particularly the case for children who are trying to fast. Here are 5 great activities we can engage in with our children, that can increase our worship while entertaining them. 1. Make an Islamic question and answer (Read more...)

A Dozen Tips For Disciplining Your Children

Shopping for effective ways of disciplining your child? Here are a dozen valuable tips you can take home today to help make obeying easier and discipline simpler, insha’Allah. 1. Use words of encouragement Search for situations and behaviors in which you can commend your child. When you notice your son getting along with his younger sibling or completing his homework without being told, let him know how pleased you are. 2. Be fair when disciplining Being unfair or excessively harsh when correcting (Read more...)

Understanding Autism In Children

April is Autism Awareness Month. You've certainly heard the word autism mentioned a lot when referring to children, but just what is autism? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities that cause children to interpret information differently than others. As a result, autistic children might have significant problems interacting with other people in a socially acceptable manner. They also can have difficulty (Read more...)

10 Steps To Control Your Temper When Disciplining Children

One of the most common questions I get from parents is how to control their temper when disciplining. So here is a step-by-step method that parents can use to help avoid unwanted hitting and shouting when disciplining their children. Step 1 The more you take responsibility for changing your behavior, the greater your success, insha'Allah. To help you take direct control of your new parenting ambitions, get a sheet of notebook paper and write down specifically the change you wish to make. For (Read more...)

5 Reasons To Avoid Yelling at Your Children

You’re at the supermarket and you tell your 8-year-old daughter to stop running around the store. She ignores you and chases her 6-year-old brother down the juice aisle. When you get to the car you tell her what you really wanted to say to her inside the store, “What’s wrong with you?” you shout at the top of your lungs, staring her down, your face clinched. “I can’t even shop in the store without you acting like a wild animal!” you continue to rant. Finally you get it all out and (Read more...)

5 Common Discipline Mistakes

We can all spurt out a list of mistakes our parents made when bringing us up. And for some reason, their faults are often more memorable and vivid than their numerous sacrifices for us. Even as parents, we too make mistakes now and then when raising our children, so it’s helpful to know which mistakes we should avoid in order to raise our kids to become good Muslims. Here are 5 discipline mistakes to avoid when directing your child toward proper behavior. MISTAKE #1: Getting enraged when disciplining One (Read more...)

Managing Your Special Needs Child

"Shut up!" "I hate you!" "You’re stupid!" Of course these words aren't spewing through the hallways, doors and windows of a regular Muslim family's home... our kids don’t talk like that, and it most certainly should not be firing from the mouth of a Muslim child. Muslim children are supposed to respect their parents! Fortunately, the average Muslim family will never experience a parent having to bear such words spewing from the mouth of their child, but not all Muslim families are average. (Read more...)

6 Ways To Parent With Less Hassle

O ye who believe! Fear Allah, and let every soul look to what (provision) He has sent forth for the morrow. Yea, fear Allah: for Allah is well-acquainted with (all) that ye do. (Qur'an 59:18) If you are a parent who has daily house chores to complete, regular meals to prepare, perhaps a homeschool to maintain, or maybe an outside job to answer to, and of course last but not least, your children who need to be managed, then you have a grand opportunity to put away provisions for the morrow. With (Read more...)