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The Possible Reasons Behind Our Kids' Misbehavior

As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. Dear Sister, thank you for trusting us with your problem. We ask Allah Most High, Most Merciful, to bring calm to your child. Your child’s case is common and we have certainly seen this pattern of behavior before from very young children. In our experience, such behavior is usually …

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Sex Education: A Part of Parenting?

In this counseling answer: “I suggest that you take the initiative in building some bridges of friendliness with your parents regarding such topics, using humor and hinting that you would like to discuss these things with them. Maybe you could even tell them about your friends’ speaking about such topics with their parents. Maybe you …

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How Can a Busy Mother Bond with Her Kids?

As-Salamu ‘Alaikum Sister, In one short statement, the mother and the father need to learn to live a balanced life, understanding the priorities properly and placing them in the right order. Understand that bonding with your children does not require a specific time or activity. Effectively and lovingly involving your children in all that you need to …

Befriend Your Computer Game Addicted Brother

As-salamu `alaykum, My dear son, I am really happy to see you so concerned about your younger brother and so keen to fix his attitude towards your mother and your family. Let us first analyze the problem: Some teenagers try to prove themselves in various ways, for example, if they are not able to achieve well …

Insecure Father, What About the Children?

Asalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh Sister, Jazak Allah khairan for writing in with this important topic. Child rearing practices, in spite of cultural differences, are often a source of debate and controversy, so your experience is by no means an isolated one. The problem essentially relates to keeping the balance between learning from one’s …

Spying On Our Kids, Ethical?

Wa ‘Alaykom Salam, Normal Interests She is at an age where she is interested in the opposite gender, and due to Islamic rules she is not allowed to engage in her interest. Firstly, as parents we must understand that her interests are normal and she should not be punished for her interests. Her actions are against your …

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Looks Like an Angel, Acts Like the Devil

Wa ‘Alaykum As-Salam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh,  First, let me thank you for entrusting us with your problems. I ask Allah Most High to guide all of us to the straight path. Just one remark: it was really nice describing your lovely son as an angel, but it is not advisable to describe his actions …

Weaning

Weaning Problems & Bedtime Battles

As-salamu Alaykum dear mother,  Weaning can be very hard work for the parents if the baby isn’t ready yet to give up the special bond with her mother. Nursing is so much more than food to your little girl; she knows that this is the one time she has you all to herself. During breastfeeding, she feels …

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A Son With Two Forms of Autism

Salam Aleikom dear I, Your experience is very common. Many people have had trouble getting their child diagnosed and having a child with autism often leaves the mother as the sole caretaker. Even when the family remains together, it is often the mother who is the only one able to care for the child. I have …

Grandma as "Mother" Might Confuse Her

As-Salamu ‘Alaykum,  This is a very interesting question, indeed. We appreciate your concern about how your daughter might be affected if she has to call you mother and call her grandmother as ‘mother’ plus her name. No matter what language you speak, children are most capable of learning who the special people are in their …



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