TV isn't exactly a Ramadan special. LOL. Does your husband practise year round? Many people look to make Ramadan a springboard to BETTER lifestyle changes, and being tired is not really a good reason to 'lower the standards' iykwim.
I fasted last year for the first time with children, (all other years post marriage I've been preg or breastfeeding
) and it was an incredible experience to still be trying to meet their needs whilst fasting and having a different focus to everyday life.
I'd suggest you fast to experience it and see that it's not necessarily that hard as people can make out, ( if you are in good health, of course). You'd have more power in what you observe/ suggest if you've been there done that alongside them. That little voice of 'how would you know what it's like' has room to crop up else!!! If you do
know what it's like, then there is less excuse for the TV/ video games. It might give him a little shake
but then I'm evil like that
Also, take a look at this site:http://tjramadan.talibiddeenjr.amana...com/index.html
There are loads of printables and activity ideas such as these:http://tjramadan.talibiddeenjr.amana...adancrafts.htm
It's a time to explore healthy eating habits, tell stories, talk about why we fast and generally hang out together, play nice qasidas, ( Islamic songs) and so on...
this has some clips of songs in arabic and english)
This is a beautiful site to browse too - she had a Ramadan challenge kit for children last year, but it seems to not be available this year:http://barakahlifehandmade.typepad.com/
Staying up *that* late is also understandably a bit worrisome - maybe you can channel his energy towards putting them to bed earlier and all getting up for the morning meal together instead?
Sorry for my ramble. I think you have valid reasons for concern, but obviously every circumstance is different and as you say, you want to avoid arguments. I do wonder if you can get more involved and make the changes happen more smoothly by being part of it, but again I don't know your work schedule and so on. As a family celebration it's fun to be fasting and having a new routine that is slightly out of sync to the rest of the year, but the point is also to found new habits that will last for the rest of our lives
, so it's a fine balance.
God help us all with our various challenges!!