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-- (1-323) 296-5961

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Show and Tell Discipline By Grandma Jeddah

         Have you ever thought about the idea that maybe your child doesn’t know what else to do when she’s feeling angry other than going into a wild fit?  Some children, in particular those with special needs, haven’t learned proper ways of expressing their frustrations.  They have to be held by the hand and shown clearly and concisely how to express their irritation appropriately.
        Talk to your child about what she should do when she’s disappointed.  Check out books from the library on feelings and emotions.  Many of these books show the right way and the wrong way to handle numerous unsettling situations.  Your child can see pictures that remind her of herself when she’s having a difficult time coping.  This helps her to understand that she’s not the only one who gets uncomfortable feelings.  She’ll also see that there are more appropriate ways of handling undesirable situations than through uncontrolled outbursts.
        Along with you directing your child towards suitable models of behavior, another helpful way to get your child to remember what to do when she feels like going berserk is allowing her to think up ideas of how to replace unacceptable behavior herself.  When your child plays a role in deciding how she conducts herself, it makes a greater impact on her and causes her to be more receptive of the idea and more likely to put it into practice.

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
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