Advice for parentsAssima Alam
Alhamdulillah, It’s that time again, and our children are heading back to school. But before the teachers step in, it’s the parents who play a pivotal role in nurturing their children’s education. Guiding our children in their academic and spiritual journeys is both a responsibility and a privilege. In this article, we will share advice for parents on how they can support their children during the upcoming school year.
One of the most significant roles parents have is to encourage their children to learn and excel in their studies. Show your children that you are their unwavering support system throughout their education. Offer them guidance and advice as they encounter challenges at school. Remember, they are asked to deal with a lot, from homework, lessons , friends, peer pressure, and more. Reflect on the wisdom of Luqman’s advice to his son in the Quran as an example of how to guide your child.
Be patient with them:
Recognise that every child learns at their unique pace and deals with challenges differently. As a parent, it is crucial to exhibit patience and provide continuous support, especially during trying times. Celebrate your children’s academic accomplishments, no matter how small, to motivate and bolster their confidence.
Monitor their progress:
Stay actively involved in your child’s educational journey. Engage them in conversations about their daily experiences at school and create an atmosphere of open communication. Listen attentively to their concerns, provide guidance, and address any issues that may arise. Attend parent evenings to gain insights into your child’s academic development.
Give them moral and Islamic guidance:
Make sure that you offer your children robust moral and Islamic guidance by regularly discussing their Islamic values and encouraging them to live in accordance with these principles. Understand that your child will be exposed to various worldviews and ideas, and they must be equipped with the correct Islamic understanding to withstand these influences. Ensure they join a madrasah or an Islamic education program, making it as much of a priority as their other studies, and ensure they pray their Salah on time and take pride in their faith. Remind them every morning to pray Fajr and read their Adhkar. Lead by example and establish a nurturing environment where your children feel comfortable sharing what they’ve learned and any concerns they may have, always referring back to the Quran and Sunnah for guidance when addressing matters related to faith and morality.