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DS1: 2/02 DD: 9/04 DS2: 9/07 and EDD: 11/13
Do your husband and MIL put them in front of the TV a lot when it's NOT Ramadan?
If TV watching is an issue all the time but it just gets worse during Ramadan, then you should discuss it calmly after Ramadan is over.
If it's only a problem during Ramadan, then I would say that there's nothing wrong with children learning that Ramadan is a special time when many things are different than the norm.
I lived in Egypt and it was amazing how many things came to an abrupt halt during Ramadan. People have very low energy during the day b/c of fasting!
I think I would make a big deal about the holiday, telling the kids stories and making sure they feel this is a special time of year. Then when it's over, things can go back to normal.
Texmati-- Knitter, Hindu, vegetarian, WOHM. Wife to superdad and mom to DS 24 months, and DD 8 months! .
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|All the kids have been doing is watching TV and playing computer games because dh does not have the energy to do anything with them during the day.|
|Plus he's been allowing them to stay up until late in the night with them (my dd went to sleep at 4:45 a.m today!!!!).|
|managing quite frequently means seeing to it that everyone is fed and cleaned and healthy and has their basic necessities met in general, Ramadan or not, and not so much managing their time or directing their activities. Those are more cultural inclusions. And, as always, there is a reason Ramadan has become the season of all the big television specials.|