Kautsar, my son, is now 21 months old. He Insha Allah will be two years old in this coming September. My wife and I have a different portion in nurturing him. For sure, she allocates more time, energy and everything to look after our little boy. As many other toddlers, Kautsar is now able to do several things and say some words, especially animal sounds (onomatopoeia). We exactly realize that every kid grows in a slightly different phase. Some grows fast some does not. So, for the moment, we both never really push Kautsar in terms of any skill or anything he must have. But, one thing that my wife successfully trains him is to put back his own cap whenever we come back from the mosque for praying.
To my knowledge, Kautsar has always been begging me to go to mosque since around six months ago. Before then, I sometimes took him with me to the mosque, too. As always, I wear a cap on my head for praying, mostly the white one called topi haji. To me, I just feel comfortable to wear this. We do the same thing to Kautsar. Yet, he sometimes puts off his own cap when he arrives at the mosque. But when we go back home, I usually put again the cap so he knows that he must wear it.
Since few days ago, Kautsar has been doing a funny yet rejoicing thing that is putting the cap back to its place. As I come into the house from the mosque, I pretty much let him down. Kautsar directly walks to the shelf. He then opens the shelf (level two), and puts back his cap. There are four levels of the shelf and he is never wrong in opening, always level two where the cap and the like are put.
To me and my wife, what Kautsar does is somewhat entertaining. We often couldn’t believe it but it’s true. The way he puts his cap into the shelf is straightforward and fast -- opens, puts, closes, leaves it.
If the kid his age can do a right and tidy way to his own belonging, why can't we?
May Allah bless my family and yours. Thanks for reading.