Along with worldly knowledge, it is the foremost moral, social and religious responsibility of parents to provide their children, a chance to attain Islamic knowledge as well. I came across various kids of this technologized and commercialized era who lack even basic knowledge about their religion which is the main foundation of their entire life.
Ramadan is like a golden opportunity for parents to send their kids to mosques, religious schools and other holy places to attend religious lectures and expand the sphere of their religious information. As Ramadan usually falls in summer holidays, children are not even burdened with school assignments and home works so they can easily concentrate on religion.
Parents should encourage their kids to fast and make them understand that Ramadan is not only about eating and drinking. Children should not be confused with the cultural traits of food associated with the month but rather they should be taught the Islamic values that fasting is meant to inculcate in Muslims.
You can set an example for your children by breaking fast in a simpler manner, avoiding over-eating, doing the Tarawih prayers every night and reciting the Qur’an. I believe that it is always best to start with ourselves as examples, because as parents, we will have a stronger impact on our children than anyone else.
So first you need to arm yourself with true knowledge of Islam and the appropriate way of observing Ramadan, and then invite your kids to practice it with you.