Almighty Allah (glorified and exalted be He) says in the Holy Qur’an:
"They ask you (O Muhammad) what they should spend in charity. Say: "'Whatever you spend with a good heart, give it to parents, relatives, orphans, the helpless, and travelers in need. Whatever good you do, God is aware of it.'” (Chapter2- verse 215).
Our families are treasure; we are gifted to be together sharing activities and expressing compassion. As Allah commends us in the above verse, spending time and money on our families is rewarded charity.
In this article, I am trying to introduce simple list of 10 tips on how to spend a useful holiday this winter with your family- based on my experience.
1-Have you noticed that I didn’t say Christmas holidays? This is the first thing we need to do: changing the wordings of the holidays. Just like there are summer holidays, there are winter holidays.
This way when your children are talking to their friends, they can say “During the winter holidays, I will be working on…” or “I will be visiting my family during the winter holidays- InshaAllah.”
2- Make Friday nights a family night with your children where you all play board games together. We play games such as Junior Qur’an challenge, Hadith Challenge, etc. My kids enjoy doing this so much, and mashAllaah they learn a lot from playing these games as well.
Almighty Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:
“And these examples We present to the people, but none will understand them except those of knowledge.” (Qur'an, Chapter 29, Verse 43).
Prophet Muhammad ( peace and blessings be upon him), said: “Whosoever Allah wishes good for, He gives him understanding (fiqh) of the Religion.” (Bukhari and Muslim).
|Being a homeschooling mom myself, I know how tiring taking care of kids can be, mentally, physically and emotionally.However, if we want them to be a source of joy for us in this world and in the hereafter we need to invest more time in teaching, supporting and nourishing|
3- If it happens to snow, then take the kids out, and play in the snow. You can make snow balls, snow man, or snow tunnel. Kids love to play with their parents. Kids appreciate your presence more than anything else. So, spend time doing little things with your kids.
4- Every evening you can read stories to your kids while everyone is drinking hot chocolate or tea. Your kids can pick the books or stories they want you to read. I also recommend that you find inspiring stories with lessons behind them and share those with your kids. Also remind them of any Qur’anic verses and Hadiths as often as you can, if it relates to the topic.
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was first taught this verse of the Qur’an “Recite in the name of your Lord who created.” (The Qur'an, Chapter 96, Verse 1).
5- It is a great time to do science projects at home or make wood projects for free at home depot and Lowe’s. Here are the websites to enroll kids in your areas: homedepot.com and Low’s Build & Grow. Find out when their next free workshop is, and take the kids there to learn. The kids will then bring their projects home with them.
6- Take the kids to the masjid for events. If there are no events at the masjid close to you, search for the masjids a bit farther and take the family there.
7- You should give them Islamic books to read during the holidays. Either buy or borrow them from an Islamic library, or from friends.
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
"The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim." (Al-Tirmidhi).
The Prophet also said: "Knowledge from which no benefit is derived is like a treasure out of which nothing is spent in the cause of God." (Al-Tirmidhi).
8- You should find Islamic videos to watch together as a family. Go to IslamicTube.com and look for lectures about the Prophets’ messages and stories.
9- This is also a great time to teach the kids how to bake cookies, cakes and pancakes. Kids love to eat this stuff, so plan on giving baking class once or twice a week.
10- Visit family and friends, this must be scheduled in, and you will have loads of fun catching up. The kids will find enough time to play with their family members and friends. Also do not forget to visit the sick, and teach your children the benefits of visiting the sick.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The rights of one Muslim on another are six” it was said: What are they O messenger of Allah? He said: “When you meet him greet him, and when he invites you accept, and if he seeks your advice then give it. And when he sneezes and says al-hamdulillah then say yarhamak Allah, and when he is sick then visit him, and when he dies follow his funeral.” (Bukhari & Muslim).
In conclusion, I pray these tips have been beneficial and useful. Being a homeschooling mom myself, I know how tiring taking care of kids can be, mentally, physically and emotionally.
However, if we want them to be a source of joy for us in this world and in the hereafter we need to invest more time in teaching, supporting and nourishing their souls.
Enjoy your winter holidays!
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