As you navigate the ups and downs of parenting, look to Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) for advice on how to handle bad behaviour in children. His ways show us how to guide little ones with kindness, the way Islam teaches us.
Learn from his gentle approach to help your child grow with love and good manners. Below are 4 points to guide you through parenting:
1. Compassion Over Coercion: Subhan'Allah, the Prophet (PBUH) never resorted to violence in disciplining. In a time when harshness was common, he chose to envelop children in gentleness. You, too, can adopt fun-oriented methods like games and stories to gently steer your child towards good behavior. For more on this, see "10 Ways to Build Your Child's Iman" here.
2. Focusing on the Present: He encouraged looking forward, not backward. By not dwelling on your child’s past mistakes, you help them move forward without the weight of previous errors. Embrace the present moment as an opportunity for positive growth and learning.
3. Leading by Example: The Prophet (PBUH) taught through action. Show your child the correct way, whether it’s through prayer or kindness to others. Your actions are powerful lessons that speak to the heart of your child, encouraging them to emulate these behaviors.
4. Timing is Key: Wisdom in parenting includes choosing the right moment for guidance. The Prophet (PBUH) knew the importance of the right time and state of mind when advising. When you choose moments of calm for counsel, your words are more likely to be met with an open heart and mind.
By walking in the footsteps of the Prophet (PBUH), you are laying down a path of mercy and wisdom for your child to follow.
Your efforts to mirror these prophetic teachings in your everyday parenting are what will help shape your child’s character in the light of Islam, Insha'Allah.
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