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Studying with Small Children – How to Cope

الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين أما بعد

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته


Evaluate your household. Note the times when your home is not so busy and hectic, then take advantage of that. If possible, schedule your classes or study time then (i.e. during the children’s nap time ). If that doesn’t work, turn your study time into something that involves the children and it can be a review session for you. When an opportune time arrives, then study by yourself in a quiet place.

Remember, the best time to study the Quraan is after Salaatul Fajr (most small children are asleep, or too tired to stay awake afterwards). While they are sleeping you can actually sit with the Book open and memorize. When they are awake, you can play a CD and recite along from your memory for revision.

When I try to study while my daughter is awake, she actually tells me “no” and pushes the book away from me, or she’ll try to close it. So, I try to involve her by sitting her on my lap, reading out loud, pointing to the words, occassionally looking and smiling at her (so she’ll feel like she’s a part of what I am doing). Some kids purposely interrupt their mom’s study time because they want our absolute full attention.

As for ‘Arabic, try to purchase books for children. I have come across many words in children’s books that I did not know. You can study together. You can read the words to them, spell them out, ask them to point to the pictures after saying the words. In Shaa Allaah it will be easy for you to learn together.

Sometimes when it comes to studying, we have to “get in where we fit in” accept the Qadr, have sabr. In Shaa Allaah, they will grow up and you’ll have more time to study.

Study buddy – Maybe you and a companion can start a study buddy system. Take turns babysitting for each other. She can come to your house and watch the children for an hour or two while you study alone without any disruptions, then you can do the same for her. I hope this helps.

*The Sahaabah (radhiyallaahu ‘anhum) used to take turns too!


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