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Looks Like an Angel, Acts Like the Devil

In this counseling answer: “Don’t always say “no” to your child as this will cause disappointment and despair. Your approach should be more “yes” than “no”; the ratio should be around 5 to 1.Suppose your son comes one day asking to paint on the wall. Calmly take him to his room, put up some flip …

Spying On Our Kids, Ethical?

In this counseling answer: ” I discourage parents ‘spying’ on their children because it breaks down trust and once trust is broken it takes a long time for it to rebuild. I am assuming that you want a relationship with your daughter where she can come to you for problems and guidance. To establish this you …

mosque

My Parents Don't Allow Me to Pray in the Mosque

In this counseling answer: “Perhaps you could agree that to begin with you will only attend Friday prayers. In time as their hearts soften maybe they will allow you to attend more often. Certainly at your age now you are being wise in your desire to attend the mosque as it becomes an important obligation. …

son

Son's Violent Behavior While in Public

In this counseling answer: ” When a child realizes that they can always have their own way, then naturally they will make more and more demands. If you are embarassed by your child’s behavior, and the child knows it, and also knows that they can get your attention in this way (even your negative attention is better than no attention), …

I Hit My Child and Feel Guilty

In this counseling answer: ” I would kindly suggest getting her into counseling with a child therapist as well as getting yourself engaged in therapy for your own issues which has led to anger, rage and uncontrollable violent towards your daughter. In the meantime, if you feel you cannot refrain from hurting your daughter, please do let …

How to Stop Getting Angry at My Child

How to Stop Getting Angry at My Child?

In this counseling answer: “Recognition is the first step. I admire your courage. Please do think about it insha’Allah. Therapy would address your anger issues as they are most likely stemming from the trauma you experienced as a child, and could not resolve or get away from.” As salamu alaykum dear brother, I am sorry to …

divorce

My Daughter Doesn't Want to See Me

In this counseling answer: “I would simply advise you to write us again, but this time please provide more information about the situation so that we can have a better idea of some of the issues surrounding the family relations. Unfortunately, we only have Islamic guidelines, so we pray that you might find them useful …

Autism

A Son With Two Forms of Autism

In this counseling answer: “You can join one of these online support groups and find people that you can connect with. I am part of a number of Yahoo groups, and I find that they are all different so you have to try out a few and see which one “fits” you. Some are useful …

Irritated and Jealous of Parents Having Kids

Irritated and Jealous of Parents Having Kids

In this counseling answer: “Seek allah’s forgiveness of these behaviors, please do repent for harming others with your words and thoughts. We should want for our sisters and brothers what we want for ourselves. Wouldn’t it be terrible if there were some who were saying they hoped you never got pregnant? Well, that is what it feels like when …

Hijab covering

How to Get My Girls to Understand and Enjoy Covering?

In this counseling answer: “Hijabs come in so many different shapes and sizes, let them try on different styles and select which one they prefer. Ensure that they pick one that will find comfortable and easy to put on. As you probably know yourself, some styles of hijab are easier to put on than others, …



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