The Friday Class

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§  Follow the road safety rules.

§  Look at both sides of the road before crossing.

§  If someone offers you to hold their hand while crossing, accept their offer. Do not think you are too old for it.

§  Listening is important. You might not be able to see a vehicle coming from an odd junction but you can hear its noise.

§  Avoid talking to anyone. Safety is vital.

§  Never run or stop in the middle of the road.

§  Take adult help for carrying huge or odd shaped things, like boxes, bicycles, prams, trolley bags, etc.

§  Watch out for drivers who do not abide by the traffic rules. There are vehicles coming from the wrong way.

§  Take your time and cross the road only when you are confident.

§  If you drop something on the road, do not be in a hurry to pick it. It is not more important than you are.


The Friday Class is the first published work of Mariam and Fatima Masood, authors of the book I Know Who You Are!




o   Identify and move away any important documents or electronic gadgets that might get damaged by the liquid.

o   Find the closet source to clean the spill; tissue, cloth, towel, etc.

o   Prevent the spill from affecting other surfaces. If the spill was on a table, make sure the liquid doesn’t drip off to the chair/s or to the floor.

o   Start cleaning from the outer edges to the center of the spill.

o   If any liquid other than water was spilt, make sure you take a wet wipe and clean the surface.

o   If your parents or someone is upset with you, try to understand their concern.

o   Apologize for your mistake and provide as much help as possible.

o   Don’t blame yourself for the mistake.

o   Accidents are unavoidable, however we should be careful.

  • Don’t spend time thinking that you are alone.
  • Boredom can be conquered by engaging in simple activities, like reading a book, watching TV or playing video games.
  • Don’t open the main door for anyone. Ignore even the regular visitors like the laundry man.
  • Keep the noise level in the house low so in case someone is at the door, you can pretend as though you’re not at home.
  • Make sure you keep the mischievous thoughts away. You might end up in an accident. 
  • Stay away from electrical appliances in the kitchen and do not turn on the gas/electric stove.
  • Do not go in the balcony or in the garden.
  • Keep the doors and the windows locked.
  • Remember to follow the instructions your parents give you.

The Friday Class is the first published work of Mariam and Fatima Masood, authors of the book I Know Who You Are!

o   Realize that your behaviour is a reflection of your country, religion, family and parents.
Be responsible!

o   When you arrive at your friend’s place request for a place where you could keep your belongings.

o   Make a list of things you have brought as it will help you to pack up later.

o   Then, call your parents to tell them you have settled and are doing well. Remember to tell them that you are missing them.

o   If you want to use something like the phone, washroom, television as your friend or his/her family member politely.

o   What comes out goes in – whenever you use anything from your backpack return it back so that you don’t forget taking any of your things.

o   Remember the last talk you had with your parents and follow all the instructions given.

o   If you plan to go somewhere from your friend’s house inform your parents and seek their permission.

o   Eat healthy and well, gather at least 8 hours of sleep, and be particular about your personal hygiene (wash your hands after meals, brush regularly and shower often).

o   Leave a ‘Thank you’ at your friend’s house appreciating their care and hospitality.

ü  Make sure your clothes are pressed and appropriate for the occasion. Take advice.

ü  Shoes should be polished or wiped with a damp cloth.

ü  Don’t let your hair loose. They trouble a lot on a windy day and spoil the fun.

ü  A belt looks impressive.

ü  Take permission of your parent to carry a wallet. Little money helps a lot in case of an emergency.

ü  Avoid stuffing your pockets with things (toy car, play figure, tissue, coins or a ball). It looks awkward and gives an uncomfortable feeling.

ü  Carry a tissue or a napkin. It is one of the most important things.

ü  Matching all the accessories with your dress is not always important. Be carefree because you are loved for what you are.

ü  Confirm your appointment before leaving and inform your invitee about your arrival.

ü  Look at the mirror and smile. Appreciate yourself.

The Friday Class article is published in Young Times.

§  Call an adult to attend the door.

§  It is better to look through the eye-hole even when you are expecting a guest.

§  If some family relatives have come, open the door, greet them and inform your parents about their arrival

§  If you are alone at home, look through the eye-hole without leaning on the door and making your presence felt. Do not whisper with your siblings – it’s a secret mission!

§  If you decide not to open the door for someone because you are alone, you should move away from the door without making any noises. Do not turn off any equipment like the radio or the television as it will make your presence felt.

§  Remember to make a note of the date, time and the description of the person to inform your parents about it.

§  If you open the door for regular visitors like the laundry-man or for home delivery, make sure you do not talk to them or give them any information. Pretend as though there are people in the house – put the TV on to have some noise in the house.

§  If you need help, make a call to your parents or close family members.

§  If you start feeling upset, distract yourself by watching your favourite movie or by playing some video/computer games.

The Friday Class article is published in Young Times.

ü  Take a small serving to start your meal.

ü  Take small morsels and chew well before swallowing.

ü  Avoid making crunching sounds while eating.

ü  If someone insists you to try a particular dish, considering your taste or liking, accept their offer.

ü  Do not take heaped spoonfuls while serving; it would save you from dealing with a soiled table cloth.

ü  Always taste a dish before helping yourself with a big serving – you will feel contented and you will get to eat what suits your taste buds better.

ü  Taste all the tempting dishes to avoid mouthwatering situations when someone praises a dish, especially when the meal is over.

ü  Avoid taking the last share of a dish – be considerate towards others who might not have had a share.

The Friday Class article is published in Young Times.