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He turned door knobs with low noise, didn't turn on hallway lights, even for ablutions he puts a piece of sponge under the tap so the sound doesn't wake up the kid. But always at the middle of Sahur prayer his child reached rubbing his sleepy eyes, staggered and whispered: may I get breakfast too? Earlier, his spouse hugged the child and explained him that it's not the breakfast time, took him to his bed. But the next day the child would appear and ask instantly to stay beside Sahur table cloth.
They both looked him surprised, he was awakened with difficulty on nursery school days and went to kindergarten by his mother's cuddle and cute. Now he was ready to have nap with suffering beside table cloth but certainly he was up at Sahur of Ramadan.
Ramadan and its customs and traditions are nice for the kids too. Many of them like to experience waking up at Sahur with parents before being old enough to be accountable for performing religious duties in breaking-fast parties; go to prayer and revival (special ceremony at QADR night) ceremonies and Even shared with other family members, in hunger and thirst of fasting. This sentiment can be a good start for him to learn religious duty and pave the way for performing duties in future. Indeed, duty of parents is supervision of children in order to orient properly and respond to his questions.
Simply speaking, fast is avoid eating and drinking between dawn prayers until sunset prayer.
According to doctor's view, if children have enough physical strength they will be able to experience fasting. As Ja'far ibn Muhammad (AS) has said we wake our children up in Sahur time to fast, but any time during a day, they can break their fast. Perhaps that's the reason ''head sparrow fast'' will mean for children.
In past time, parents called this kind of fast ''head sparrow'' (the small and light fast) to bring up children with other family members. In this method children along with their parents, refused to eat or drink from dawn until noon but they eat lunch separately then fast from noon to night. This little effort for fasting, in addition to make children familiar with fast, also prevent them from high pressure and probably negative reaction by children.
More elegant parents even donate a small gift to their fasting child at the end of the day and after breaking their fast (IFTAR). so the child becomes familiar symbolically with reward and the reward of patience and resisting against worldly requests. Even these difficulties show the child that how hard is life for poor people who can't afford to prepare their food and how good is to help them by richer people and thus, the philosophy of charity and forgiveness was also evident for children.
Even the material benefits of fasting can also be described for the child:
The digestive tract which is responsible for the digestion during 11 months of a year is exhausted and needs rest time to perform its duties undoubtedly. Ramadan provides the opportunity for the body.
It should be noted that fasting shouldn't be summarized for kids only in refuse to eat and drink. Fasting child learns that he/she shouldn't lie or vilify others; otherwise, his fast is invalidated. And this month becomes as a practice for all human to refrain from bad behavior and learn to be good and stay good.
Finally, we can say practical methods (SYREH) of our religious leaders was so that children became familiar with their religious duty before duty age and even get use to it. So in adult age performing religious orders won't be hard for them and won't cause them to turn away from religion.
Ramadan and its countless blessings give parents the opportunity to put children in a right and appropriate direction with awareness and arithmetically and educate them in a way that children deserve Muslim title.