Rewarding Children

Question

Do you think it is a good practice to reward a child, for instance, for performing his obligatory prayers, because one fears that otherwise the child would neglect his prayers?

To my mind, at some instances it may be quite acceptable to reward a child if one is reassured that the child wouldn't develop an incorrect attitude.

Should one completely refrain from this idea, how do you view this matter?


Answer

In my opinion it is certainly a desired act to hearten our children on doing such acts. It is very likely to develop in them habit of performing religious obligations. It is incumbent upon us to prepare our children to become true believers who perform all their religious obligations with eagerness. Therefore we should often encourage them on doing so and reward them occasionally.

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