Kids aren’t mind readers, but they are capable of reading our body language.
When we hear about the tragedies in the world, or about all the people and children in the war-torn countries found all around the world, the millions of children who are starving to death or being slaughtered, we each should be much, much more thankful to our Creator for all that we have been blessed with and never, ever forget all those who are suffering in our du’a each and every day and in each of our five prayers.
Making du’a and remembering all those suffering should be a regular occurrence in our households, and with our families. Our children, here, with all the available perks in life are completely oblivious to the suffering in the world unless we talk to them about it and remind them that for all that they have there are so many who have nothing.
By the same token, we need to give ourselves a harsh reminder as well not to take things, specifically our families, for granted, as we so often do.
Our children really need us to be there for them, not just to give them lunch money or pay their allowances, but to be their rock in the shakeable and unsteady world they live in. Most importantly, we need to show them by words and actions, that we love them at every opportunity we get.