Kids in the Kitchen – Ramadan Series
We just started our Summer vacation today and I cannot wait for Ramadan to begin. We are doing the Kids in the Kitchen – Ramadan series this year.
Every year, my kids and I, set a theme for Ramadan. In the past, we have done the A-Z of Akhlaq series, the Prophets in Islam series and the Alhamdulillah for- Gratitude Journal. We have journaled our progress here on the blog but sometimes, as Ramadan is a very busy time, we just posted our activities on Instagram or/and Facebook.
I start by setting a schedule for Ramadan and I try to include as much learning and fun as possible. For this reason, it is never just one theme running. We couple learning with craft or art or book etc. Previously, my kids were too small to help me cook. This year, we are just the right age. My eldest is almost 10yrs old and my youngest will be entering Kindergarten soon. So, I have decided to be brave enough to let all three of my children into the kitchen. We are having the Kids in the Kitchen – Ramadan Series.
I know it will be hard and may be some days, it may be chaotic. Kids can get very excited when they start a new thing but I am hoping that eventually we will all learn to work side by side. I grew up in a household where children were required to do chores. We were always encouraged to help our parents in every way we could. It is our responsibility and duty as part of being a family. My parents taught us that helping around the house and cleaning up after ourselves is a form of showing respect to our parents. It is also how we show gratitude for the things we have.
In Ramadan, my father would help out at Iftaar time by setting the table and cutting fruits. My best memories are of him sitting at the head of the table cutting melons while we ran about fetching things. My brothers would help Dad while we girls helped Mom in the kitchen. Fast forward to now, my husband does the same thing. Even though we had babies, he would sit the kids at the table and teach them the Adhkaar (duas) while cutting fruits.
These seem like simple acts of family traditions, but they build on and teach our children their manners. When we start young, it becomes a part of their character to be helpful, responsible and respectful of those around them.
So, this Ramadan, join me for the Kids in the Kitchen – Ramadan Series. Every day, I will be inviting my children into my kitchen to make a dish or more. I’d love for you to follow our adventure and encourage us. We will be sharing the recipes here, inshaAllah (God Willing). You are welcome to comment and like. I’d like to invite you to post pictures of your children making Iftaar too. We are using the hashtag #iftaarwithkids
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On this note, InshaAllah (God Willing) join me and my children as we make some fun dishes to share with family and friends.
Please refer back to this page to find the recipes.