The Friday Class

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v  Stay with your parents, if you want to see something of your interest, inform them before leaving.

v  If you lose track of your parents, that means you are lost, follow these steps; call out to them, look around in the passageway, approach the management and give your name and your parent’s telephone number. IMPORTANT: Don’t Cry!

v  Remember to do lots and lots of window shopping. Look around to see all the different sorts of things. This will increase your knowledge.

v  Don’t go near escalators and elevators if you are not using them.

v  Remember where your Mum and Dad parked the car. They would be thankful.

v  Remember to carry some of your pocket money. Ask your parents before you spend it.

v  Avoid talking to strangers.

v  Be careful in the parking lot.

v  Take responsibility of your younger brother and sisters.

v  Be careful when pushing the trolley so that you don’t bump into people and edges.

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

  • 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!

Ø  A wallet too big is difficult to carry. Buy one that easily fits your pockets.

Ø  Prefer a wallet with a zip as the money notes will not drop off.

Ø  Write your name, contact number and email address in one of the pockets. In case you loose it, someone might be able to return it to you.

Ø  Coins do make the wallet heavy but it is always a good idea to have some handy. You can make quick purchases or help your parents get the parking ticket.

Ø  Before keeping any important documents in your wallet, inform your parents.

Ø  For emergencies, keep a list of contact numbers of some of your relatives.

Ø  Equip your wallet with bandages, toothpicks and tissues.

Ø  Take responsibility of your gaming cards. It will save your parents the trouble of storing them.

Ø  Cary a part of your pocket money, and remember savings are vital!

Ø  Even if you have money on you, ask your parents before making a purchase. They will help you take the right decision.

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.

Ø  When you get the information that you will be going for an outing, inquire the place to be visited and take out appropriate clothes. Ask your parents if your choice is right.

Ø  Make a ‘Take Along’ corner in your room where you keep the things you need to carry with you when you go out. (A book, gift, mobile, MP3 player, sunscreen or sports stuff)

Ø  Help your younger brothers and sisters to dress up.

Ø  Check if the electrical appliances (iron, computer, mobile charger, lights and lamps) have been switched off. If you are too young to switch them off yourself, alert an adult.

Ø  Remind your parents to check the stove. All knobs turned off.

Ø  It is important to look at the mirror before you depart. Your hair, dress and your attitude should be in place.

Ø  You room should be tidy. The dirty clothes should go in the laundry, the cupboard door should be closed and the toys in place.

Ø  Showcase your wisdom by carrying a bottle of water with you. It keeps you hydrated in the hot sun.

Ø  Make sure your parents have locked the main door behind them.

Ø  If you are going alone, inform your parents and tell the approximate time of return.

Ø  When you go out you represent your country, religion, family and parents. Be responsible!

§  What you choose to tell as a joke and how you tell it, reflects your personality.

§  Remember that jokes are told to laugh with people, not to laugh at them.

§  Avoid relating incidents that might embarrass the people around you.

§  The comments you make should not offend any culture or religion.

§  Do not use your imagination to exaggerate the incident – relate it as it happened because it entails spontaneity.

§  Be sincere, honest and sensitive.

§  Losing decency to win people’s smiles is often proves to be unworthy.

§  Mimicry of people does offer temporary audience but it leaves you unaccompanied in the long run.

§     Avoid giving too many details – it tends to spread boredom amongst the listeners.

§  Quick and witty humor is more enjoyable than practical jokes. It helps you find like-minded people and prevents you from facing hard consequences.

v  Check for Safety sign boards and take caution.

v  Bury your feet in the sand and experience the waves uncover them.

v  Write a thought on the sand.

v  Listen to your favourite songs or tune into your favourite radio station.

v  Read a book.

v  Take a walk against the wind.

v  Watch the sunset – it looks like it takes a dip in the sea.

v  Play a sport like soccer, volley ball or badminton.

v  Take some photographs.

v  Enrich your body with Vitamin D – get enough sunlight.

v  Do not litter – the beach is home to many animals.

v  Collect some shells and study their patterns and colours.

v  Stretch your hands at the side and run along the beach as fast as you can.

v  Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

The Friday Class article is published in Young Times.


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