Saturday, 3 March 2018

Book Review: Muslim Girl Growing Up

Title: Muslim Girl Growing Up: A Guide to Puberty
Author: Natalia Nabil
Publisher: Prolance
Recommended for: Preteen Girls

If you have a daughter who's heading towards the teenage years and is too shy to ask you about puberty or you're to embarrassed to do so then this is the book to give her. Use it to start discussions. It's written in easy to understand language and has illustrations to accompany it. 

The main topic is about menstruation and cleanliness. It'll give your daughter instructions on what it is, what to do during and after the period, what you can't do when one has the period, how to clean oneself with ghusl and how to keep clean generally.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Child Development: The Book That Every Parent Needs

It's International Book Week and I thought I'd write about a type of book that has affected my parenting the most. I've read many parenting books. While some of them were ok and others were great and I've been recommending them, the one type of book that helped me the most when I was a first time parent is about child development.

If you have a basic understanding of child development then you'll be prepared for what to expect and how you could nurture growth in each area of your child's development.This information has been invaluable to me.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Positively Communicate for Positive Parents

What you say or don't say and how you say things to your child will affect your relationship with him.  

Do you find yourself shaming, blaming, criticising, rebuking and all the other ways that can put him down and squash his spirit? Does your speech tend towards the negative such as, "Don't do that!", "That's not good enough!" and "Stop whinging!"?

A positive relationship is based on positive communications. 

It's where you use encouragement, appreciation, positive reinforcements, statements and feedback to lift your child's confidence and self-esteem. When you are a source of support and comfort for your child then your relationship with your child flourishes. 

Monday, 5 February 2018

How Prophet Muhammad (s) Corrected Children's Behaviour

When your child does something that you see as wrong, what is your reaction to it? Do you get angry, annoyed or exasperated and do you start to yell, question, blame, shame, ridicule or find faults with your child? The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, was known to be kind and gentle, especially with children. He never did any of this. He was patient with children and the way he responded to them and corrected their behaviour is the example for us to follow.

These are the things to keep in mind when you need to correct your child's behaviour: