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  1. What are some consequences that you suggest? My son began full time school this year and has definitely begun talking back more and his younger sister is mirroring that.

    • I assume full time school means that your son is in kindergarten or year 1. This means that he’s still young so I’d focus on teaching him the correct way to talk respectfully and politely. Always give positive attention every time he talks nicely. When he speaks disrespectfully then tell him in a neutral voice, “It’s not nice to talk to your mother in that tone or to use those words” then ask him how can he be more polite. If need be then practice a polite conversation. If the behaviour still persists then as a last resort, use timeout for a few minutes. Tell him that he needs to sit and think about what he did and how he can give a better response. I hope this will help and pray that your children grow to have the best of character.

  2. السلام عليكم ورحمة الله و بركاته
    Barak Allaah feeki for writing this. I am not a parent yet myself, but I personally found this piece insightful. The command for good character in Islam truly isn’t reserved for our peers who are similar to us in age, but also our children. After all, they are people, and I love how this article emphasises this and also emphasises strongly in remaining calm and not turning rancid and resorting to screaming, or worse, hitting. Good job, Jameela! Allaahumma barik ❤