With the new school year back in full swing, how are you going to remind them to be proud of who they are, and that you love them no matter what?
Here are 3 simple yet important things to prepare for your kids back to school this year.
Words Of Encouragement
In a world where saying "no" is usually a lot easier than saying "yes," it is important to bring up your children who don't feel that negativity has a higher value than positivity. Use words of encouraging such as this:
- I'm grateful for you.
- You make me proud.
- Your words are meaningful.
- I love being your parent.
- You don't have to be perfect to be great.
- Your opinions matter.
- You are important.
- I believe in you.
- This family wouldn't be the same without you.
- You are valuable.
2) Remember To Slow Down
Some days it seems like you’re barely holding everything together—rushing to get the kids to school on time, rushing to get to work, rushing home to cook dinner, then rushing through bath time routine. If you’re lacking in time - do the following:
- Give your child kisses>> Give your child kisses when they wake up in the morning. Keep in mind this also applies to your Muslim teens. Allah’s Messenger kissed Al-Hasan ibn `Ali while Al-Aqra` ibn Habis At-Tamimi was sitting with him . Al-Aqra` said, “I have ten children and have never kissed one of them.” The Prophet cast a look at him and said, “Whoever is not merciful to others will not be treated mercifully.” (Al-Bukhari)
- Read a book before bed time>> Not just any books, read to them stories of the prophet, OR a Hadith from Sahih Bukhari book.
- If your child can read>> Place a note in their lunch box, school calendar, near their bed to let them know you love them. Print your FREE Growth Mindset Notes
- Journal>> Write and share your thoughts about what you appreciate about your children, how your day's been, and some of your personal challenges you face at home or work. Talk about how you where able to over come challenges. This is a great way to know more about your children's unknown space at school or with friends.
3) Write A Letter To Your Teen
Wether your children lives with you or not, a letter is the most genuine way of showing them the importance of the words you have to say. It is a truly unique way to show someone how much they mean to you.
Unfortunately, this method of communication is seriously underrated today. Our split-message texts are the love letters of the 21st century. We're saving screenshots to our camera roll instead of precious letters in a shoe box. We're replacing thoughtful little notes with kissy-face emojis and telling ourselves that the sentiment is the same.
Our generation is all about speed and convenience. But, to be honest, sometimes you have to slow down to show someone how much you care. Writing a letter to your children says "You're important to me, and I wanted to take the time to write down these thoughts so that you can hold onto them forever."
It’s one of the most powerful ways to remind them to be proud of who they are as Muslims, and that you love them no matter what!
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