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Ramadan For Kids?

Aug 24, 2009

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Jennifer Ludden

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Day one is nearly done and I'm reminded what a whirlwind a daily program is!

It's mid-afternoon as I write and I never ate much for lunch, had no time between the chock-a-block interviews and meetings, and my tummy's rumbling.

... Which makes me think of the Moms' segment we have on tomorrow's program.

Muslims are celebrating Ramadan this month and we talk about whether older children should take part in the ritual fast — that would be no food, or even water, from sunup to sundown. You'll hear from one dad with who has two teenage sons. They boys will be fasting ... even though they both play football!! He says he loves the discipline fasting instills.

But one mom thinks it's crazy to ask children to do this, and questions whether Islam actually mandates such a thing.

And our third guest has written a book for children who face the social pressures of fasting when their circle of friends may not be Muslim... It's a fascinating — and contentious! — debate.

Tomorrow, we'll also check in with an expert on vaccines about the H1N1 (swine flu) virus that's supposed to be ready by October and how, um, that's a bit of a problem since some schools — including my children's — have already started. Sure enough, he tells us the fun little factoid that throughout history, pandemics have generally started in... September!

As soon as I get home I'm gonna take my boys to the sink and sing the ABC's while they wash those hands ...

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