This was the title of an email I received few days ago. Basically, it mentioned that kids learn more from what they see you do than from what you instruct them to do. When I read this email, I remembered my 12 year old son’s words, “Mama, when you grow old I’ll take good care of you like you do with Geddo (grandfather)”. My eyes filled with tears and I was thankful to Allah.
SubhanAllah!!!! I have the honor to care for my 80 year old father after he suffered a stroke. After my son’s words, I have become even more careful with what I do and say to my dad. I was suffering from calling the kids and getting no answer,so now when my dad calls me I answer right away. And while I’m not watching, my kids noticed and wala! Problem solved!!!
And remember that your mother in law is a mother too!
Eman A. Sayed
Eman Sayed lives in Cairo, Egypt, with her four children and is interested in religious studies, parenting, and health.