This past Eid-ul-Adha we attended a potluck dinner at my cousin’s house. It is so different going to these dinners now that I am a wife and mother. When I attended these dinners before I used to just play with the kids and not really care whether I taught them anything or how anything I said could be perceived. In other words I didn’t really look into my actions as having any influence on the minds of young impressionable children. Now I realize everything I do can and does have an impact on them. I am someone they can potentially look up to..who would’ve thought?! =)
An incident happened at Eid that made me realize the raising of our kids will be so different than how we were raised, because this generation is different both internally and externally (social influences) than the ones our parents or grandparents raised.
At the dinner there was an argument that occurred between the boys and the girls on whose turn it was to play the Wii. The two young boys said it was their turn and of course one of the boys’ sister went to her mother and said “He won’t let us play the Wii, Mommy.” This erupted in a fully loaded argument by the boy explaining how it was their turn to play and the parents trying to frustratingly come up with a solution that would appease both sides of the party. (more…)