Principal's Message

Message from the Principal: Brother Eric Ali-- When guiding our children toward proper Islamic character, we must remember that part of being a wise teacher or parent is being kind and gentle with our children. During the time of the Prophet (saw), a Bedouin urinated in the masjid. Immediately the Prophet’s companions rushed toward the man to beat him. But the Prophet (saw) told them to leave him alone. After the man finished urinating, the Prophet (saw) told him, “Verily, filth and urine are not permitted in these masjids. Indeed, it is for the remembrance of Allah.” The Messenger said to his companions, “I was sent to make things easy, and I was not sent to make things difficult.” And he poured a bucket of water over the urine. Even though our children were raised in Islam, eventually they will have to choose to be Muslims. Let’s help make the proper decision easy for them.-- Al-Madinah School: 1635 South Saint Andrews Place, Los Angeles, California 90019-- madina@pacbell.net (1-323) 296-5961

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Helping Your Child Self-Manage Her Behavior By: Grandma Jeddah

          Your 12-year-old daughter Karima brings home a note from school that says she was reprimanded for shouting at her teacher. How do you respond?
          How about simply listening to Karima’s side of the story.  After listening, let her know that you understand how she would have such strong feelings as she expressed in class with her teacher earlier that day.  Then you proceed to explain to her why her behavior wasn’t appropriate.  Just as important, you ask her to think of other ways she could have handled her anger with her teacher.
          This brainstorm approach to arriving at solutions is important in getting your child to learn how to more effectively mange her behavior in the future.  It’s a method that teaches her to self-manage her own behavior.  Learning to contemplate her actions to determine where and how she can improve upon them next time is a living skill that is valuable for life.  This is particularly important for Muslims.  We should always scrutinize our actions to determine if they are in accordance with what Allah would want from us.

This is an excerpt from Grandma Jeddah’s FREE e-Book: Discipline without Disrespecting: 8 Tips to Taming Your Muslim child's Temper.  To download your FREE e-Book or receive Grandma Jeddah's FREE newsletter, visit her at http://www.grandmajeddah.com/


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