عيد أضحى مبارك

New Year New You
With a longer holiday, more people to meet and more days to celebrate, here are some ideas of what you and your daughter can do with that time.

Eid Al Adha is a holiday rooted in sacrifice, so it’s a great time to introduce your daughter to the importance of compromising. Sacrifices, even little ones, can reap big rewards. For example, choosing to stay at home to do homework can bring better grades, which encourages her to work harder. In other situations, your daughter can find a middle ground for a win-win situation: giving up a toy to share with a sibling will teach her kindness and make both happy. Make sure to praise her afterwards so she understands the value of what she did.

Eid only comes twice a year, so it’s time to make your daughter’s favorite and guide her through it, because there’s something about baking in the kitchen together that fosters closeness. She’ll learn to be patient while waiting for your delicious creation to cook in the oven. Looking for some regional inspiration? Try homemade kunafa, an Arabic dessert made by layering cheese or cream, kataifi dough and sugar syrup. You can even customize it however you like, with nuts, food coloring or even chocolate!

Don’t forget that giving food away to the less fortunate is a core part of Eid. Help your daughter pack up leftovers in aluminum containers to distribute around the neighborhood.

Cousins, friends and more! Since Eid is almost always accompanied by visits to family, having so many people in the house can be overwhelming. If you’ve got a bunch of little ones over at your place, make cookies or cupcakes and have each child decorate their own. You can also inspire the kids to prepare an Eid-themed play, where they’ll have plenty of fun interacting with one another and grow confident as they perform in front of the whole family.