“Play with them for the first seven years (of their life); then teach them for the next seven years; then advise them for the next seven years (and after that). First Seven Years
In the first seven years, your goal is to build a strong connection to your child. This is the foundation, the base from which your relationship with them grows. If this is rock solid, the remaining years will be much easier. If this foundation forms poorly, the next years will be more challenging.
If you have young children, this (first seven years) is the time to roll up your sleeves and invest, heavily, in your and their future. In fact, you will be rewarded for all the righteous progeny that survives you, not just children, until the Day of Judgement.”
Here is an excerpt from this advice to the youth…which is chock-ful of wisdom and advice for our teens!
“Third: Trying to become a professional and acquire a specialization, and striving and exerting oneself to this end, for indeed there is a lot of blessing in this. One should then spend part of his time working to earn that which he may spend on himself and his family, and then use it to benefit the society and utilize it in charitable works as well as to gain further experience, which will refine his mind and increase his expertise. This will [also] make his wealth felicitous, for indeed whenever wealth is earned through greater toil and hard work, its goodness and bounty increases. Allah also loves the person who is hardworking and who exerts himself to earn and work, andHe dislikes the idle, unoccupied person who is a burden on others, or the one who wastes his time in diversion and play. So let not your youth be spent without gaining proficiency in a profession or specialization, for Allah, the Glorified, has placed physical and psychological vigour in youth, so that one may develop the asset he needs in his life during this phase. It must therefore not be wasted by distraction and neglect.”