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Parenting Training Skills

Author : Dr. Ahmad al-Harasees

Date Added : 01-09-2022

Parenting Training Skills


Ibn 'Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:The Prophet (PBUH) said, "All of you are guardians and are responsible for your subjects. The ruler is a guardian of his subjects, the man is a guardian of his family, the woman is a guardian and is responsible for her husband's house and his offspring; and so all of you are guardians and are responsible for your subjects." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim], hence the duty of parents for the care and education of their children. Nowadays, the need for training parents on parenting skills has increased to enable them to create a physically, intellectually, and spiritually integrated and balanced generation. Traditional upbringing and simulating the methods of our fathers and mothers aren't suitable for this time and generation because of the changes that society has undergone at all levels. These changes have influenced the structure of the family and the upbringing patterns, leading parents to puzzle over simulating the strict parenting style on the one hand and the modern style that rests on understanding the needs and desires on the other.

It must be admitted that the majority of today`s generation is completely aware of its rights and doesn`t believe in the old parenting style applied to them. All these changes and the information revolution compel parents to change their methods of upbringing their children so as to achieve the desired objective.

Here, I will mention some parenting skills that should be known and activated in educational administration.

1-Learning the stages of child`s development as well as his/her behavior and needs during them.

2-Considering the motivation of children an observable lifestyle.

3-Learning effective positive methods for handling wrong behavior.

4-Using effective methods for communicating with the children.

Educators are aware of all these changes, so it is imperative to deal with the modern educational methods. Someone once said: "Teach your children how to survive in times different from those you have experienced." Passage of time, events, developments, and change in generation require educators to employ flexibility in dealing with children. It was also said: "People are the product of their era, not that of their fathers`." Obviously, these saying stress the previous concept.

Here, some may ask: "Does keeping abreast with changes and developments mean abandoning constants and embracing all that is new?." The answer requires clarifying that some issues are fixed while some are changing. Earlier, we have addressed flexibility in dealing with the changing. i.e. that which is governed by customs, traditions, times, place , and doesn`t contradict with societal and religious constants. Therefore, our jurists said: "Change of judgments shall not be denied by change of times." As for constants, such as issues related to faith, morals, and customs derived from Islamic Law, all of these aren`t amenable to change. Rather, they should be highlighted in education as solid foundations and constants that can`t be subject to any compromise or change.



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