Ten tips to prepare you and your family for Ramadan
Write a shopping list for the whole month of Ramadan so you can buy all essential goods for in good time and you can spend less time during the holy month rushing around. So you preserve energy and will be more focused on your religious rituals and spiritual development.
Start wake up for Fajr prayer. Make it your habit and you find how it will be easy to wake up for Sahar during Ramadan.
Partial fasting during Shaaban (the month before Ramadan) help to prepare for Ramadan and help to make the transition into the holy month a smooth one.
Reduce TV watching and prepare the family for the new spirit of Ramadan. Engage with your kids more and more in creative activities that remind them of Ramadan.
Revise the Quran. Be sure that you can read it properly during holy month. And start your kids Quran lessons so your children can get all blessings from reciting Quran during Ramadan.
Plan ahead for the time you are spend at home in order not to lose the balance between your responsibility as a parent to supervise the children’s studies and your engagement in religious practices such as reading Quran and praying Salat.
Plan ahead if your daughter needs a hijab to accompany you to the mosque. If possible, get shoes for the kids that are easy to tie when they leave the mosque. Do you or the kids need prayer rugs for prayer? Plan transportation to the mosque and back home.
Prepare as much cooking as you can before Ramadan.
Plan to invite your relatives, neighbors and friends for Iftar
Prepare your kids before Ramadan that they have to help you more in housework and in setting the table and preparing the Iftar. Relate their action with the notion of Sadaqah and good deeds. Remind them that the reward of their good deeds is multiplied during Ramadan.