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My Toddler Hits Himself When He Gets Upset

In this counseling answer: ” Sister, I kindly suggest that you investigate his environment, who he is with, the friends he is playing with as well as any family dynamics which could be influencing him.  For example, if he spends time with a depressed auntie who says she hates herself or one who slaps him/herself …

fathers

For Today’s Fathers: Which Example Do You Follow?

It’s become a common cultural standard that women are assumed to be almost solely responsible for the raising and educating of children, from infancy right up until adulthood. The role of fatherhood, on the other hand, seems to have been relegated to one of financial obligation, and little else.

teens

Who Said Teens Are Monsters?

Picture for a moment a young child who has never tasted sweets. Now imagine letting this three year- old loose in a sweets store. What do you think will happen? Now take another three year- old who has been allowed to have sweets at times, and who doesn’t live in a home where the candy …

Protecting My Daughter From In-Laws' Bad Influence

As-Salamu ‘Alaykum  dear brother, There is a certain level of give and take in the interaction between two people. This is even more so with children, because they have come into the world through the mother and are being raised in a social environment that will have the strongest influence on them. Therefore how a …

The School Handing Us Over to the Authorities?

As salamu ‘alaykum dear sister, You are in a difficult situation. First of all, a school will investigate if they have reason to suspect that the child’s safety is compromised. Depending on the country though, I do not believe that schools have the authority to put parents under probation. In Ontario (Canada) for example, a school …

Selfish Child: How to Teach Him to Share?

As-Salamu `Alaykum brother, Thank you for writing to us. What do you expect from a 6-year-old boy with a disturbed family environment as you describe in the details? The problems you mentioned in the question could be the only way for this child to express his inner disturbance that is related to his parents’ disturbed relationship. First, sharing …

3-Year-Old Child: Verbal Diarrhea & Hyperactivity

As-Salamu ‘Alaykum dear sister, Considering that you are, in fact, referring to more than one child, the implications to this common problem amongst your friends indicate lifestyle as the source of the problem. There are many reasons why a child behaves in the manner you have described. Diet All too often, parents assume that a …

I Have a Gifted Child; How Can I Build On That?

Answer from Dr. Maryam Bachmeier: As-Salam ‘Alaykum, It is very likely that you have what we call a “gifted” child. One thing I would like to caution you about is that pushing such a child can backfire. First, I will answer your questions, and then I will get back to this. You can enhance your child’s …

Kids

No Time for the Kids

As-Salamu `Alaykum sister,  Thanks for your concern about developing your children’s skills. It’s a continuous task and can be done in your everyday life with different activities. The whole thing with cleaning the home, cooking, baby care and helping with homework routine should be managed and set in a time table. You don’t have to do …

Pregnant and Not Happy

In this counseling answer: “I really think that the pregnancy was just the trigger that set everything off.  If you did go ahead with the abortion I think that you may still be in distress and might have some significant guilt about what has happened.” Dear sister, You are a Muslimah of five years and …



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