Growmama Picks for September 2011

Growmama Picks is a collection of fun, interesting, and/or inspiring links that we share with you at the end of every month. Enjoy! 1. This article on stress-busting for parents had some helpful advice. 2. We are told to encourage tummy-time for new babies, but it is often met with crying and protest. Maybe this is why. 3. We love Baba Ali's 2-season series for children. The one on controlling anger and brushing your hair had the kids cracking up. 4. This month on growmama we tackled … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen

Breakfast is a family affair in our home. With one child aspiring to be a chef and another who tries to be a master of all, it's easy to come up with delicious breakfast ideas. My youngest independent student, my 7 year old daughter, is learning to set the table. While learning the difference between the salad fork, dinner fork, soup spoon, tea spoon and tablespoon, she is also learning their proper positions on a place setting. The boys usually do the cooking. They can now slice, chop, dice and … [Read more...]

First Year

Seems like just yesterday when I held you for the first time, I thanked Allah for the gift, as your eyes looked into mine. Seems like just yesterday when you smiled your first smile, I felt my heart melt, for you did it in such style. I watched you grow as you hit each milestone, Couldn’t help but think where have the months flown? Rolling over was one of you firsts, Then you started teething, making it a pain while I nursed. But nothing comes easy, so I prayed for the best, And all … [Read more...]

Come To Allah….Come To Allah

“Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar…..” The beauty of the words of the adhan and the voice of my dear son as he beckons us to pray are familiar sounds in our home on any given day. Today, however, I am stopped in my tracks! In the process of donning my hijab, a shrill little voice also beckons….. “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar……Come To Allah, Come To Allah!” My 2 1/2 year old daughter calls “come to Allah”. Her innocent but attentive mind has mistakenly combined the iqamah … [Read more...]

Changing Hats

 I’ll be honest, it might not show but working away from my family eats away at me. Especially in the early months of motherhood, it pained me to leave my daughter behind. Now that she is more independent, the burden of my working has shifted slightly from causing me self-inflicted pain, to being verbalized by my daughter who pleads with me not to go to work every morning. For a while I thought no good would come to my family as a result of my job, and that working was an entirely selfish … [Read more...]

Strawberry Picking

          Of all the bountiful blessings that summer brings, fresh fruits must be on the top of the list. How refreshing it is to bite into a ripe, sweet and juicy melon, cherry, nectarine, peach or strawberry! Beyond the bliss of eating fresh fruits is the experience of picking your own from a plant that is bent down with the prime pick of the season. For those who have never experienced this exciting routine, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs nationwide are trying to bring … [Read more...]

The Woman who Chose Allah

How do you explain to your six-year old daughter why she was born blind?  What do you say to console your autistic ten year old when she complains no one wants to be her friend?  How do you comfort your 14-year-old son when he knows the reason he can’t read beyond the first grade level is that he has moderate retardation? The story of the woman promised paradise might help explain to your beloved son or daughter the answer to questions such as these. This beautiful hadith in narrated by … [Read more...]

GrowMama Picks: Remembering 9/11

Many of us can relate to this Growmama writer's experience in explaining to her son about world events. Talk to your children about 9/11 in an age appropriate way.  Here are 8  tips  on talking to your kids about 9/11 this week.  Participate in a community building unity walk with your family. Plus it’s fun and healthy! Teach your children the value of community service by adopting a cause or charity for the day, or post a good deed that your family or child plans to perform. You … [Read more...]

The Ninety-Nine Names of Allah Tree

As the new school year begins and a shift of seasons takes place,  my girls and I decided to make a tree with the ninety-nine names of Allah adorned on the leaves. It is a simple and beautiful project, and a wonderful learning opportunity. As we glued the names on the leaves we discussed what the different names of Allah meant and tried to give examples. In Islam we do not have images of Allah, but through these beautiful names we can gain a better understanding of who He is. By encouraging … [Read more...]

Multi-schooling

 “O Humanity. Behold, We have created you out of a male and female, and have made you into nations and tribes so that you might come to know one another.” (49: 13) I have been taught that this verse from the Glorious Qur’an is a prescription for us to embrace   language and ideas which will build relationships between all of members of humanity.  With this mindset, I want to propose a new term into our discussions - multi-schooling. Our family “multi-schools.” Likely, so do many … [Read more...]