Parenting seems to have gotten increasingly complicated and challenging over the years.  The lives of American Muslim youth and their families are pulled in so many directions and parenting has taken on new angles and definitions. As your children age, their needs and wants grow with them. Just when you thought they would grow out of the hardest stage, they enter a new one. Is there any help our there? The Family and Youth Institute is dedicated to bringing research-backed parenting resources in order to assist in family and community strengthening. We research the issues, educate individuals, and empower communities. Below we have a list of resources in the form of articles, research publications, videos and infographics that overview some of the research that The Family and Youth Institute has done on the focus area of parenting.

FYI Archives

Explore our archives to learn more about important parenting-related topics.

Parenting Archives


The infographics featured here are one way we translate the original research done by our organization (as well as research done by others) into a medium that can be used to spread information and bring light to the issues faced by our community. Click on the image for more information about the research that was used to derive each of the infographics.

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Check out our range of videos that touch on the youth development and parenting topics.

Youth Risk Behaviors – What Can Parents Do?

With the rise of drugs, marijuana, alcohol, tobacco, and premarital sex among Muslim college students, parents must wonder how they could prevent these challenges from happening in the first place! This video highlights research-based parenting techniques that can help address these challenges.

Homework with Boys – Why Boys are Struggling in School and What We Can Do About It

A school psychologist and former educator discuss the unique challenges that boys face in the education system and what parents and youth workers can do to help them succeed. Sadiq Patel, MSW and Hiat Saleh, M.A. will highlight recent research around this topic and give tips and pointers as well as answer questions that the listeners posed. 

Walk a Mile in My Shoes – Supporting Children and Families with Special Needs

Listen to Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Uzma Manzoor of MUHSEN and Dr. Sameera Ahmed of The Family and Youth Institute discuss tips and pointers on behavior management in the home and what the masjid community can do to create an environment that is more opening and accepting. 

American Muslim Youth – Stereotypes, Risks, and Resilience

The Family and Youth Institute, in collaboration with the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding (ISPU) recently published a report entitled: State of American Muslim Youth – Research & Recommendations. In this webinar, the authors of this report, Dr. Sameera Ahmed, Sadiq Patel and Hanan Hashem summarized their key findings, gave recommendations and provided valuable insight into how individuals, families and communities can support Muslim youth and promote strength and resilience. 

This video gives an overview of The FYI’s “Mentoring Muslim Youth” Workshop.

This webinar shared with the audience practical tips and resources on how to effectively utilize the blessed month to enhance family bonding and increase spirituality for all members (parents and kids alike!) utilizing specific activities involving the Qur’an, prayers, food and charity.

Seven Tips for More Effective Youth Programming

Muslim youth were asked to identify their top 4 challenges growing up in the United States. One in Four stated they do not feel supported by the environment around them. Community centers, youth programs, and masjid communities can do a lot to help Muslim youth feel supported. Check out these 7 tips and pointers to plan and develop programming that is sure to impress the young people in your community.

“Mama, I Don’t Want Them to Know I’m Muslim” – Raising Kids with Strong Identity

In this webinar, Dr. Madiha Tahseen, Research Fellow with The FYI shares her ground-breaking research in American Muslim identity development and shares parenting tips as well as highlights to her research. Noor Kids founder and CEO, Amin Aaser shares his inspirational personal story of how he went from a kid who bleached his hair blonde to “fit in better” to understanding the importance of integrating the Islamic principles, Muslim culture and American sensibilities.

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You can read our reports and publications, learn more about the methodology, and see the vibrant and diverse work that The Family and Youth Institute team has put into the development of these resources.



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