. . . continued from 8/4/2011
Let’s summarize the points
1. Make sure your child is getting sufficient rest. Try to get him to bed early so he’ll be rested when it’s time for Fajr.
2. Cook a delicious smelling meal
3. Use a comforting voice when waking him.
4. Remove his covers for less comfort.
5. Use an incentive chart to encourage him to get up by rewarding him with stars for getting up for suhoor.
But don’t forget . . . even though suhoor is an important aspect of Ramadan, don’t push to hard if your child doesn’t have a desire to get up for the early meal. Suhoor is recommended but not an indispensable part of fasting. You want your child to develop a joy for the month of Ramadan. Let him take pleasure in the other areas of Ramadan that he looks forward to, as well—enjoying a delicious mouth-watering meal with family and friends after sundown!
Grandma Jeddah is the author of Discipline without Disrespecting: Discover the Hidden Secrets of How to Effectively Discipline your Muslim Child—And Keep your Peace of Mind While at It. Subscribe to her free newsletter at www.grandmajeddah.com. Visit her blog at grandmajeddah.blogspot.com. You can also visit her on Facebook.
You can find this complete article on the Muslim Family Magazine. Please go to http://aaila.org/issue/june-2011/article/5-tips-to-getting-your-youngster-up-for-suhoor
- Grandma Jeddah
- 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-- firstname.lastname@example.org (1-323) 296-5961