The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “When someone seeks fulfillment of a need from Allah or man, he should first carefully perform ablution, say two Rakahs of superoragatory (Nafl) prayer and then offer thanksgiving and praise to The Lord; afterwards, he should invoke peace and blessings of Allah on the Prophet, and finally utter this prayer to Allah: La ilaha illallahul-halimul-karim. Subhanallahi rabbil-arshil-azeem. Wal-hamdu lillahi rabbil-alameen. As’ aluka mujibati rahmatika wa azaaimi maghfiratika wal-ghanimata min kulli birrin was-salamata min kulli ithmin la tada li dhanban illa ghafartahu wa la hamman illa farrajtahu wa la haajatan hiya laka ridan illa qadaitaha ya arhamar-rahimeen.” [Tirmidhi]
Whenever any need arises, big or small, stand before Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) and ask through this prayer. The translation of the words of this dua are: “There is no deity save Allah, the Clement, the Bountiful. Glory be to Allah, Lord of the Magnificent Throne! Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds! I beg of You the means of (obtaining) Your Mercy and securing Your Pardon; participation in every righteousness and protection from every sin. Leave no sin of mine unforgiven, no anxiety unrelieved, and let no need of mine go unfulfilled wherewith You are pleased. O You the Most Merciful of those who show mercy!”
When your children ask you for favours, direct them to ask Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) through this dua and Salaat. Make their connection with Allah strong. It is only if Allah puts it in your heart and provides you with the means, that are you able to fulfill the needs of your children. Put your reliance and the reliance of your children in Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). It is He who loves us more than we love each other or ourselves.