Archives for January 2012

Growmama Picks for January 2012

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. An amazing project by one of Growmama's organizers. We can think of dozens of reasons why we should start this in our own neighborhoods. Tomorrow.2.Many moms have trouble finding things for their toddler or not-yet-in-school child to do at home. The educational and bonding activities in this book are brilliant in their simplicity and ease--no elaborate crafts … [Read more...]

Touched Once Again

Yesterday, I took my girls to shop for fruit and vegetables, and at the end got touched, not by an angel, but by a human. I had paid for all my groceries, and had parked my cart by the bars right outside the market, and as usual asked the girls to stand by the cart while I take the bags to the car in two or three trips, since the bars don't allow us to take the carts to the car and I can't carry everything at once and hold the girls' hands at the same time. After I put the first load into the … [Read more...]

GrowMama Roundup: Asked By a Child

<img src="http://www.patheos.com/blogs/growmama/files/2012/01/curious-child1-201x300.jpg" alt="" title="curious-child1" width="201" height="300" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-3727" /Ever been asked by a child why you wear that thing on your head? Seen a mother squirm and hush her child up? Wondered how much you could say without stepping on that mother's toes? How do you react in these situations? Here are three awesome … [Read more...]

Letting Go

So the other day I was shopping at Michael's to work on a project for my 9 month old when I came across a table that had gingerbread house kits on sale for 2.99! Great deal I thought! My daughter will love this. I brought it home and immediately Ameera was ecstatic and wanted to build it. The first night she and her father worked on actually constructing the frame of the house, which they worked on diligently. The second day she and I decorated it with icing and candy.However, as I sat down … [Read more...]

Intentional Eating: Indulgence Sans Guilt

Often times people like me whose children are fortunate enough to have their grandparents in their lives mouth off about how much candy and junk food they eat as a result. Grandma’s purse is usually the go-to place for a handy, and typically sugar-laden, food-colored treat. As much as I dislike the boundless candy consumption that sometimes results, I can’t deny my daughter’s grandparents the right to be grandparents. I can, however, implement the healthy lifestyle that I value for myself and my … [Read more...]

Intentional Eating: Meat, Less

A dear friend and I were sitting around the kitchen table as our two children were slowly getting to know one another. These two toddlers, both not even two yet, have already shown certain preferences when it comes to their food. Squeals of joy abounded when the pomegranate seeds emerged as my daughter shouted, "Maan!" and hastily made her way to the center of the table, leaving her half eaten clementine behind. I wondered, and still continue to do so, about the amount of variety I offer my … [Read more...]

Keeping Marriage Meaningful

I am not a counselor nor am I an expert. But Alhamdulillah, Allah has blessed me with a wonderful husband who is willing to learn with me and work together to make things even better. Inshallah, the following pieces of advice will help newlyweds or even a couple with many years under their belt.If you were fortunate enough to go somewhere for a honeymoon, make sure a vacation like that doesn’t end with the honeymoon. Go away as often as you can. Yes, money and work can get in the way, but g … [Read more...]

A Team Approach to Chores

Raising children who do housework without complaint and find pleasure in serving the family is a top priority for me. The developmental and spiritual effects of doing chores and sharing in the responsibility of the household are one of the most powerful teaching tools we have as parents, for both our daughters and our sons (I cannot emphasize the sons enough).Now to the practicality of getting kids to do chores! I tried lists, excel sheets, and a white board. I sewed a chore chart, with a … [Read more...]

The Wait

I baked up a storm and the breads and granolas are stealthily disappearing. I caught up with laundry and organized closets, the next cycle is already starting to pile itself up with clothes rapidly throwing themselves into disarray. I organized all the toys, puzzles, and books in the basement and just when I turned away, it seems they grew feet and started clambering out of the neat shelves spilling over the basement floor into the living room and bedrooms.Every time, I take a deep breath … [Read more...]

GrowMama New Year’s Resolutions

As 2012 begins, a few of us at GrowMama have been contemplating the years past and re-evaluating for the year ahead. We pray that the new year brings baraka (blessings), health and happiness for you and your families! We look forward to your continued readership and engagement in the new year, inshAllah.We asked some moms like you what their new year's resolutions are. Here is what some of them said:SM shares: "My New years resolution is to inshaAllah take more educational development … [Read more...]