If you are new to living in a Muslim country or your little ones have not experienced Ramadan before, these tips will help you teach them about the holy month
Joanna Nazareno-Santillan is a mother and founder of Afterschool.ae, the UAE’s online resource for schools, nurseries and kids’ activities. She shares these simple tips:
Paying It Forward
Ramadan is a month known for charity and good deeds. This is a great time to introduce the idea of giving and receiving. To get your children started off on the habit of paying it forward, discuss with them what it means to give and receive, and the importance of being kind to others.
You can collect old clothes and toys they have outgrown or don’t need. You can also try preparing simple food packages or hot meals together to give out to those less fortunate.
If they are old enough, take kids with you to a charity event so that they gain a new perspective and appreciation for acts of kindness.
Ramadan is family time and people make an extra effort to visit each other and spend time together.
Plan get-togethers with extended family and friends, especially those you have not seen for a while.
Squeeze in activities that will help your children bond with other members of the family, such as games that promote teamwork.
You can use the time to make your children familiar with the family tree by asking each member to explain how they fit into it.
Ramadan is also a time for self-reflection as people strive to be better versions of themselves. With your child still starting to get to know themselves better, giving them time to sit and reflect on themselves might be challenging.
Share with them how you usually go through self-reflection yourself, and recommend a certain time and place when they can do it. You can also try setting up questions that will help them start reflecting, and create an improvement goal sheet.
Ramadan is a celebration. Get your children excited by making the atmosphere at home fun and festive.
You can cut out paper lanterns and decorate them around the house. Give the home a celebratory vibe by researching Ramadan decorations you can do together. You can also search for sweet treats to prepare for the family.
To commemorate the celebration each year, create a scrapbook of all the memories you have shared during the season. This makes your children see Ramadan as a month to look forward to and that it can be filled with excitement.