Think. Learn. Act. Remind.
My 4 year old has been fussing about going to school in the mornings for the past few days. Convincing him to go happily is quite challenging and frustrating at times. All it takes is for some form of distraction to click and he is all smiles. It made me realize, that as parents we have so much to do with our children’s happiness. We’ve been given a position of power over our children. “And with great power comes great responsibility”, as every member of the Justice League can surely tell you! And suddenly I found that the verses in the Quran dealing with positions of power applied to me too.
[6.165] And He it is Who has made you successors in the land and raised some of you above others by (various) grades, that He might try you by what He has given you; surely your Lord is quick to requite (evil), and He is most surely the Forgiving, the Merciful.
I remembered the words of a song from one of my favourite childhood movies, Mary Poppins:
“for childhood slips, like sand, through a sieve
and all too soon they’ve up and grown
and then they’ve flown,
and its too late for you to give,
just that spoon full of sugar to help the medicine go down, in a most delightful way.”