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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 …

Should I Follow My Choice or My Parents' Will?

In this counseling answer: •Make sure that you make the Istikharah Prayer and consult Allah to see if this person is indeed the best person for you. •Ensure that you have found out about the character of the man from good sources. •Try to get an Imam or a community elder to act as an …

How to Discipline a Child ?

In this counseling answer: “Children try their way with adults and test how far they can go without punishment. So you should warn the child against harmful or improper actions by staring, raising your voice, or tapping her hand. What you need to stop doing is to reverse your action straight away as this will confuse her …

My Daughter Chooses her Father after Divorce

In this counseling answer: “Start your healing journey and focus on some self-love. It sounds like you have been through a lot and need some self-nurturing. I am sure you have some things to work through just as your daughter does. Use this time to build yourself up because later your daughter may need you …

sex

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 …

Weaning

Weaning Problems & Bedtime Battles

In this counseling answer: •Find other ways to give your daughter her daily doses of close loving contact: For example, hold her between your arms while reading a book, take her to the park, or just sit and play with her. •It is not recommended to let your child cry it out or withhold food. …

The School Handing Us Over to the Authorities?

In this counseling answer: •Find out your rights in whatever country you are in because it is not normal for a school to threaten like this without valid evidence. Talk to a lawyer. •You sound though that your family is in need of some kind of support and maybe you and your husband need to …

Selfish Child: How to Teach Him to Share?

In this counseling answer: Plant in your child the idea of sharing. Explain to your child why sharing is important. Create a sharing environment. It is always a good idea to play give-and-take games with your child. Create games or take turns picking a book for reading. These kinds of activities give the child an …

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 …

Marriage

My Marriage is Affecting Motherhood

In this counseling answer: “You can look at your situation honestly and make a decision. Of course I do not know your situation so I am not sure what is best for your daughter. However, you can look at both sides. Perhaps even make a list. On one list write all the benefits she is gaining from …



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