2 weeks ago
"In your opinion, what affect does sending ones child to kindergarten at the age of one have as they are made to socialize at such a young age?"
Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba) stated:
"Send them at two and a half years. Don't send them at one, send them at two and a half years. The fact of the matter is that if the mother and father send their children here in Europe, it is because both parents are working. So they send their child to a baby care centre. We don't call it a kindergarten here, we call it a baby care centre. Then they go to Montessori at two and a half years to three years. So it is good. I have seen that some children are such that they misbehave at home but when they start going for two three hours, they become good children, develop their language skills, learn how to socialize and learn a few etiquettes, so if it is a good place, then there is no harm in sending them. However, Islam says that a mother's primary responsibility, as I mentioned in Germany, I don't know if you all heard me or not, if you did not hear my speech, then listen to it again, it is a mother's responsibility and she should fully carry it out, after which, if you need extra aid or help, then you can send them for two or two and a half hours, there is no harm in that. Otherwise, do not send them."
Questioner: "They are very young and they stay for a long time"
Hadhur (aba) stated: "It's fine if they stay for two or two and a half hours, not for eight or nine hours. Only mothers who are working keep their children there that long. If a mother, after fulfilling her responsibility, then sends her child to play and socialize for two and a half hours, because of which he will become more focused and developed, then it is fine. But if you see that instead of good manners, he is learning bad practices, then bring him back." (September 16, 2017 AMWSA Class)