Make Obeying Fun: By Grandma Jeddah
A great way to encourage your child to comply with rules is making the atmosphere friendly. Instead of directing with sternness, try using a little humor.
Abu Hurayrah (ra) narrates: We said: O Messenger of Allah! You jest with us? He said (saw)"Yes except that I do not say except what is true." (Tirmidhi)
You don't have to be a comedian to make your child laugh. Tickle your kids. Play Knock, Knock who’s there?
“Clean your room--it’s messy.”
Yeah . . .I know it’s corny- but kids enjoy corniness.
Or how about this one for a messy room—“It’s a good thing your toys aren’t lions or they would’ve eaten you by now.” (Yuck!) The point is, just lighten up a bit.
Remember that your jokes should not be fiction. According to a hadith, The Prophet (saw) discouraged lying when joking.
According to Hadith, The Prophet (saw) said: woe to the one who speaks and tells a lie in order to make people laugh. Woe to him. Then again, woe to him. (Abu Dawud, Al-Tirmidhi, and Al-Nasaai)
Grandma Jeddah is the mother of 11 children and 13 grandchildren. She has taught hundreds of students for over 30 years at an Islamic school in Los Angeles, California. Let her show you how respectful discipline methods, which encourage calmness, advising, gentleness and non-corporal consequences, can be a successful means of training your children to be Allah fearing Muslims. Subscribe to her free newsletter at --http://www.grandmajeddah.com