New Year New You

New Year New You
The liveliest time of the year is here: the holy month of Ramadan! It’s so much more than a time of devotion, so here’s what you can do to make teaching your daughter the values of Ramadan a whole lot of fun!

Cook up a storm in the kitchen with your daughter! Families often prepare several dishes for iftar time, so why not experiment with different regional recipes? It’s also dessert season, so try out grandma’s indulgent recipes with your daughter or explore some wholesome sweets to enjoy with tea. You can teach her the value of sharing by giving away leftovers to family and friends, or better yet, exercise generosity by packing up meals to take to local charities and mosques.

Speaking of charities, there’s no better time to get involved in your community than Ramadan. Bring your daughter along when you volunteer in small neighborhood initiatives or city-wide events. Or get her to save part of her allowance in a donation box for a charity of her choice. Since doing good is a core part of Ramadan, you can also create a “good deeds jar” to encourage your daughter to do something nice every day. Simply write thirty good deeds on strips of paper, such as “Make someone laugh today” or “tidy up after dinner”. Then, put them all in a large jar that you’ve decorated together. On each day of Ramadan, your daughter can choose a deed to carry out.

In the middle of Ramadan, kids around the gulf celebrate Garee’an by spending an evening dressed in traditional attire, going door to door to collect sweets and nuts from family, friends and neighbors. Families in the UAE call this day Hag El Leila and celebrate it in the middle of Sha’ban, the month before Ramadan. Whatever you call it, it is always an exciting time for kids. Your daughter will love taking part in this tradition, so invite her friends to come along and join the fun! Don’t forget to light up your home with DIY paper lantern and LED candle to let your neighbor know you’re celebrating.