One of the goals of every parent is to raise children with good character, who will be successful in everything they do in life. But in reality being a person with good character and values can be challenging, especially in a society that rewards the opposite. The older our children get, the more daunting the task becomes, as we have to compete with distractions from the TV, social media and other peers. It may be no surprise, then, that the critical time to lay the groundwork for building character is in early childhood. As we know, early childhood experiences can strongly impact who we become.
The prophet (salalaahu alaihi wasallam) was known to be a man of good character and was even given nick names like Al- Amin (the faithful) and Al-Siddiq (the truthful). Although his enemies opposed everything he preached, they still referred to him by these names. This goes to show that good character is the most important asset you can have, because it builds trust. It was for this reason (the prophet’s good character) that many of the Quraish accepted Islam as they knew he was a man that only spoke the truth.
Character building takes a lifetime to shape and as I have mentioned before (in teaching toddlers about Islam), we have to remember that first and foremost, we have to model the desired traits ourselves. If we want to teach our kids that they should not lie, we should not be
caught lying. If we want our kids to appreciate everything they have, we should appreciate them and everything they do as well as appreciate everything we have. If we want our kids to forgive others, we should be forgiving of their mistakes/accidents and if we want them to be confident in their abilities we should show them how confident we are in our abilities.
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