5 Coping Tips for Muslim Parents in Ramadan
Parenting can be wonderful and rewarding. Now that we are in the blessed month of Ramadan, how can you make the most of it and gain rewards for your parenting as well as your fasting. The below tips will help you make the most of this Ramadan as well as becoming a better parent.
Tip # 1 Approach fasting with a positive mind set and think of the meaning of Ramadan. It is not just fasting from food and drink, it is a time to think positively, be careful of what you say and keep your patience especially with your children. Make the intention to come closer to Allah, to better yourself, maybe to be kinder, caring and more responsive to your children. Motivate yourself to be God-conscious in everything you do and seek forgiveness from Allah.
Tip # 2 Eat well for iftar and suhoor. Do not overeat. Take in foods that are rich in complex carbohydrates which will help release energy slowly during the long hours of fasting. Include protein, fruits or vegetables, fibre-rich foods which digested slowly such as bran, cereals, whole wheat and plenty of water. Watermelon with fata cheese helps with rehydration and a half banana at suhoor can help to maintain a healthy body. Try to get in some gentle mobile casino exercise into your day.
Tip # 3 Make realistic goals. Think what do want to achieve during this blessed month. Is it reading Quran, praying taraweeh, giving charity to the needy or even smiling more, which is also a charity. Look at your day and choose a good time to do the extra things you may want to do to achieve your goal. Plan your day the night before and decide on which tasks are important to you. Prioritise what tasks you need to achieve first and how much time the other tasks will require. Link your action plan to your prayer times and set reminder alarms on your mobile phone.
Tip # 4 Divide your time into sections, the school run, children nap times, shopping, cooking. Be realistic about the time each takes. Make a chart of your day based on these responsibilities and decide the best time to achieve your Ramadan goal. Be mindful of snippets of time with your children going to and from school, and use the time to talk to them about the rewards of Ramadan. Encourage them to think about how the family can benefit, what each child can contribute to gain rewards by helping a friend, their teacher or a neighbour.
Tip # 5 Keep your patience, be aware of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Take control of your emotions and not to get annoyed with your children. Make sure you get sufficient sleep and think about how you can modify your sleep patterns. The days are long and it may not always be easy to get sufficient sleep, especially with young children. Try to catch up on some sleep when they are having their nap, even 15-20 minutes will help to recharge your batteries.
Remember Ramadan is a time of self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity. It”s not just about feeling hungry and thirsty. How can you make your Ramadan better? Take a moment to reflect on what you have achieved so far. It’s not too late for you to make improvements and become a better parent by the end of this Ramadan.