Raising little Egyptians

The older generation would never had imagined that they raised the generation that would start the spark that changed Egypt forever

Lets all try to:

  1. Be more patient with our children.  Don’t yell.  Listen more.  You have no idea how impressed you might be when you just give them a chance.
  2. Help them explore the world.  Children are curious by nature, do not squash it.
  3. Accept that they might stray from the more accepted paths and let them follow their dreams.
  4. Give them the freedom to do what they love.
  5. Teach them honesty by example.  Do not lie to them or tells lies.  Children see, children do.
  6. Help them be creative.  Who cares if they make a mess?  If you are really worried that they make a mess, teach them to clean after themselves, lay out old newspapers so they keep the place clean.  The amount of creativity that exploded during a time of stress and difficulty during the protests has me totally blown away.
  7. Give them chores.  Even toddlers can learn how to pick up their toys.  Good habits are a gift for life.
  8. Teach them responsibility.  A responsible generation is a successful one.
  9. Teach them to give.  Twice a year ask them to give away toys and clothes.  Children are naturally compassionate, help them learn how to express it in a more useful way.
  10. Teach them good manners.  Saying please and thank you, opening doors, being polite and the rest of those good manners really can take you very far in life.
  11. Have faith in them.  They already have faith in you, it should be mutual.

5 Comments

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    • At 2011.02.12 14:02, Londoneya said:

      Lovely points! Will do this when I have kids inshaAllah

      • At 2011.02.12 15:57, Sinar said:

        Impressing as usual, isA when I’ve kids, I think I’l ask you for lots of help.
        U’ve it all :)

        • At 2011.02.12 22:50, Mona said:

          Really great points and so important, the new Egypt is now.

          • At 2011.02.14 17:26, KJ said:

            It is a blurry line for parents to distinguish between what is “OK for my kid to do” and being obsessively protective. Very few parents manage to find the balance and the rest are thrown in the other ends of the scale.