All the praises for Allah
*The first thing the parents should be teaching their kids is TAUHID.*☝
These days people focus on teaching their kids ABCs, 123, animal names, nursery rhymes etc but they FAIL to teach them that which will save them from Hell fire – Tauhid.
Umm Sulaim (radiallaahu ‘anha) would teach her son Anas (radiallaahu ‘anhu), saying: “Say: ‘Laa illaaha il Allaah (none has the right to be worshipped in truth except Allaah).’
Say: ‘Ash-hadu anna Muhammad ur Rasool-Allah (I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah).'” This was BEFORE the age of weaning [Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa (2/305)
So you should be teaching Tauhid even before the age of TWO.
*Some tips on how you can Tawheed to your toddler age & above:*
1. Repeat to them the Kalimah –
La ilaha il Allah Muhammad ur Rasool Allah right from the day they are born all the time until they can pronounce it (doesnt matter if they dont pronounce it correctly as toddlers have limited speech skills).
2. Teach them Tawheed al Uloohiyyah –
Teach kids that we worship only Allah Subhaana wa ta’aala we only ask Him for help. When you pray Salaah & kids imitate you teach them we are praying only to Allah.
When your child needs something for example if a toddler is crying for a new toy teach them to make dua & ask Allah Subhaana wa ta’aala even for the smallest things.
3. Teach them Tawheed ar Ruboobiyyah –
Teach them that Allah is our Creator, the Only One. Tell them Allah Subhaana wa ta’aala created everything. Ask them who created you? Your mum ,dad? Siblings? the animals? Teach its Allah Subhaana wa ta’aala who created everything.
When they look at the Sun or stars tell them its Allah who Created everything. Make them focus on big & small creations. Even the ant & apple, tell them Allah created it. This makes them realise that EVERYTHING is created by Allah.
4. Teach your child Tawakkal to rely upon Allah for everything –
When your chilld is scared or worried them dont tell them “I am here or your dad’s here dont worry’ teach them Allah is with you. He is the best protector. He will look after you. This will teach your child to rely upon Allah rather than you or any other human being. Even if u die or you are sick & your child is lonely, they will learn to rely on Allah and trust Him.
When your child is worried tell them Allah will make things better. When your child is sick teach them to turn to Allah to make dua to him & ask Him for shifa.
5. Teach them Tawheed al Asma wa Sifaat –
Teach your kids Names & Attributes of Allah Subhaana wa ta’aala from an early age. Ask them where is Allah, tell them Allah is Up- the Most High, above all Heavens. When a child is naughty tell them Allah is watching them that He sees all.
Always remind that even if your are not there Allah is with them in His Knowledge. If they throw a tantrum or become angry tell them that Allah Hears them. If your child is being impatient tell them Allah loves those who are patient. When you take your child to the beach or when they see rainbow tell them Allah is the Creator, He designed everything.
Remember the happiest people are the people of Tawheed so if u want your child to be content & happy both in dunya and akhirah teach them Tawheed right from day one.