By Grandma Jeddah
It’s Ramadan! Time for early morning meals, sundown feasts and late night prayers. You want your child to learn the rituals of Ramadan, because Ramadan is one of the pillars of faith of our religion. Why not start out by getting him in the habit of getting up for the early morning suhoor meal. It’s full of blessings and can give your child the energy he needs to make it through the day on an empty stomach.
Although suhoor is an important start to a day of fasting, parents sometimes have a difficult time getting their children up for suhoor. Here are some helpful tips on how to wake up your child for suhoor.
First, make sure your child is getting sufficient rest throughout the day. A well rested child is easier to wake up early in the morning than one who is in need of rest. Try to ensure that he’s getting his required hours of sleep per day. Children aged five to ten need daily about 10 to 11 hours of sleep. Youth over ten years need about 8 to 9 hours a day of sleep. Attempt to get your child to bed on time. It’s common to stay awake into the wee hours of the night making up for lost eating time during Ramadan, but seek to avoid keeping your child up into extremely late hours of the night. That way, waking up early will be much easier on his body both physically and mentally.
Grandma Jeddah is a teacher of over 30 years and a mother of 11 children and grandmother of 13. She is the author of Discipline without Disrespecting: Discover the Hidden Secrets of How to Effectively Discipline your Muslim Child—And Keep your Peace of Mind While at It. To order her book or subscribe to her free newsletter, please visit: www.grandmajeddah.com.