Why Won’t My Kids Listen To Me?

by Farah Halabi

This is a really lovely way of asking the real question, “How do I get my child to do as I say?” and this has been the age-old dilemma of parenting forever!

In order to answer this question there are a few things we need to consider which requires shifting the lens a little:

1. Respect their viewpoint

Everyone has a unique and subjective view of the world, including our children. When we see this we can begin to see our children’s innate resilience and well-being and we can start to parent from a place where love and connection can flourish.

Seeing beyond the myths and the made-up stories about ourselves and our children in our ego-based thoughts means we no longer need to fix, change or improve either them or ourselves in order to feel ok and be happy…we are perfect as we are.

2. We are NOT in control

Our children are a gift from Allah to look after, given to us at a prescribed time. We are the means by which they came into the world but Allah designed them.

As the parent, we are responsible to guide our child, which in turn requires guiding our self. We are responsible to guide our children but this does not guarantee what the outcome will be. Only Allah is in control. Our efforts to guide our child is like us tying our camel, we are doing our bit, fulfilling our purpose but we have no control over how Allah will then guide our child or not.

Knowing that Allah is in control, not you, relieves you of the pressure and burden of responsibility and ultimately sets you free. This directs the focus of your love and effort from your child back to yourself, so that you empower your child through sincerely being your authentic self. The blessings in this is that both you and your child grow together, toward harmony and peace.

Mom and Kid Why Won’t My Kids Listen To Me?

3. Self-care is critical

You have to love yourself before you can love your child. You cannot be whole, true, present, healthy when you have nothing to give. How can you be anything to your child, how can you hope to parent them, to do what you think is best by them if you are empty?

You cannot give what you do not have. When you administer soul care rather than self care, you fill your cup with mercy, kindness and compassion and that is what you will have to give to your children and your family.

4. Self-love matters

The unconditional love that you have for your child is the love you can give to the child. The disconnection or connection to the true self within you will determine the level of connection with your child. Since you can only give what you have, if you accept and love yourself, you can be accepting and loving to your child.

If you are ashamed of yourself, you will give shame to your child. Being who you truly are, naturally, warts an’ all, allows your child to accept them self and evolve naturally into fulfilling their potential.

5.  Connection is key

Once we see ourselves for who we truly are and see our children and who they truly are, we see the truth. Honest, true, peaceful parenting can only come from the heart. when we see our children without judgement, without labels, with honest objectivity, and we see their souls.

We see their true selves and we can only parent honestly when we parent from our inner true self, without our self-doubt, impossible high standards and self-judgment.

This is what leads to true and deep connection; the connection of one soul to another and this is the key to being present, letting go of your expectations and judgments and just seeing your child and yourself for who you really are.

6. Don’t force them to listen!

Connection is the antidote to coercion and it far outweighs any other methods in its ability to shape our children’s behavior. Quite simply, it is the only reason our kids willingly give up with what they want to do and do what we ask of them instead. It makes children feel safe.

When connection is lost and children don’t feel safe, they do something they think will make them feel better. Sometimes that’s a positive thing, like coming to us for a hug. But often they do something that’s not healthy. They tease their siblings or lash out in anger, which makes them feel more powerful. Investing in deepening the connection between yourself and your kids; from dedicated one‐on‐one time to child‐led play to more cuddles a day, it always makes a difference.

7. Feelings are okay

The most valuable gift you can give your children is to point them to the true nature of their feelings and that they don’t need a ‘solution’ to them. Thoughts come and go and we don’t need to do anything to feel better except to let our thoughts pass.

So rather than try to fix their outside world to protect their emotions and help them be happier, we need to enable them to realize that their feelings do not come from the outside world.

It might look and feel like it does sometimes, and there is nothing better than a quick cuddle or removal of the ‘reason, but we can balance that with pointing them to the true nature of life, and their own ability to be okay with whatever is going on around them.

The way we communicate with our children powers our connection, which in turn enables their cooperation. When we parent with this in mind, this beautiful journey of motherhood might just be a little less bumpy, in sha Allah.

The article first appeared on halalparenting.com

About the Author
Farah Halabi is a certified Transformational coach, Mumming Mastery and Soulcare Specialist and International speaker. Farah helps stressed out, overwhelmed and overstretched mums discover their own unique awesomeness to lead them to parent in peace, not in pieces. pieces. Farah supports mums and women, to uncover their innate God given gifts to lead a life of insightful wisdom and peace. Working with her helps you understand how you can transform and enhance your life in ways you never imagined and more, creating the life you want, to live a life you love.

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27 Comments

  1. Ramadhan Baluku

    It’s is a lesson that I have learned as a parent. May Allah reward her.

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    • Kahlimah Shahadah Shakr

      Alhamdulilah very informative Shuqran

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    • Mohammed Konneh

      Children growing up in the developed countries are susceptible to the cultural normal of “freedom “ versus children growing up in the developing countries. We are not totally involved in our children lives in the developed countries as compared to some parents that are involved in their children lives in the developing countries. How often do we spend time with our children? More likely on special occasions that is not Islamic. The more you are close to your children the more they are likely to listen to you.

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  2. Bukar Mele Mustapha

    Alhamdulillah! May Allah SWT guide and protect our children and help us guide them to the right path.

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  3. Aliu O. Akano

    Very good and timely article. Thanks a million and Jazaak Allah Khairan katheerah.

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  4. Hena naz

    Very thoughtful information to understand

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  5. Khanp Khan

    Really this is best ways connecting to friends

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  6. ZUWAIRA ISA TaHIR MUSTAFA

    Salama alaykum warahamatullah wabarakatuhu, thank you very much for sharing this beautiful and important advice, it came in handy. Jazakallah khayran

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  7. Bilikisu yusuf

    The topic was interesting and the write up is also educative and encouraging.

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  8. Usman Siraj Ahmed

    Assalamualaikum. Excellent advise and I have more questions. I have problems with my child

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  9. Bilqees

    Very beautiful.

    Aliamdulilahi robil-al-ameen.

    Jazak Allah Khairan.

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    • Mobolaji Ramat Dawodu

      Simple, straightforward and usable guide! Jazak Allahu khair

      Reply
    • Samina mahmood

      Thank you for this article there are some things which are mentioned im already doing that with my child. I have learned from my mistakes in my past experiences.I’m still struggling but I’m trying my best.

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  10. Ali Hamza

    I find the above note very useful. Thank you for sharing

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  11. Nasir

    Thank you very much this will really help

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  12. Rabeya

    Allhumdoelillah. Well said. Jazakallah Khairun

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  13. Kadiri muritala ayodeji

    Alihamdulilai amuda muwafia lielmazedi

    Reply
  14. Fowzia Molvi

    Great to read short and yet to the point

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  15. Olopoenia Aminat

    Whaoo this is nice I’m happy to read this Jazakunllah kairan

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  16. Sadia Jafar

    Mash Allah
    Hope all parents get to see this

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  17. Mobolaji Ramat Dawodu

    Simple, straightforward and usable guide! Jazak Allahu khair

    Reply
  18. Idayah

    Awesome and evocative! Jazak Allah Khairan.

    Reply
  19. Ibrahim

    Jazakallah Khairan

    Reply
  20. Ibrahim Aruna

    Beneficial

    Jazakallah Khairan

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  21. Nazmije A

    Was very good and very helpful for me every body may now but is hard to do with the kids

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  22. Salamatu bangura

    Thanks a lot appreciate your article

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  23. Nafisatu Issah

    Alhamdulilla very good information.l have two children, a young lady who is 18 and her brother who is 15. My daughter always complain l don’t listen to them and they don’t listen anything l tell them. How do l work with them to fix our communication problem, or is it too late.

    Reply

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