GrowMama Picks for April 2012

Growmama Picks is a collection of fun, interesting, and inspiring links that we share with you at the end of every month. Enjoy! 1. Would you ever consider drastically changing your bedtime approach? This blogger shares how she ended bedtime battles. 2. Join your children, then advise them-wise advice from the life of the Prophet. (Arabic with English subtitles) 3. Spiritual reflections on what it is like to "wake up" and how to survive the ups and downs in our faith. 4. The art of … [Read more...]

GrowMama Roundup: Birthdays

We turned to some of our GrowMama readers and writers to see how they deal with birthdays in their families.  Let us ask you the same question, “Birthdays… What do you do?”B wrote of a fresh twist on the traditional birthday party,“It finally happened... my daughter asked for a birthday party. Before this, my husband and I were undecided about birthday parties. I grew up with them; his family barely acknowledged birthdays. We have, however, developed a philosophy that we would not simply … [Read more...]

In Remembrance of a Life

Cleaning out my closet, I reach up to the top shelf and my hand hits a bag. I pull the bag down and reach in to see what’s inside and pull out a periwinkle-colored scarf. I hold the scarf in my hand and stare at it with a small smile. Whisper-thin, light as air, yet within the folds of that scarf there is a story, and within that story is a life.2003. My wedding day is fast approaching. After several months of looking and trying on and being dissatisfied, I find the perfect wedding outfit: a … [Read more...]

The Kids’ Cupboard

With three under five, it’s hard to keep track of the clothes they’ve outgrown, those that are still too big, and those that have graduated into hand-me-downs. So, every few weeks, a ceremony takes place where the contents of the kids’ cupboard are regurgitated, sorted and returned, after much rolling around in the clothes pile (by the two-year-old) and some rudimentary folding practice (by the four-year-old).These sessions always serve to bring home just how fast they are growing (the child … [Read more...]

One Mother Shares Her Adoption Experience

1. What were the biggest obstacles when you first considered adoption and how did you overcome them?The first thing I needed to figure out for myself was whether adoption is allowed in Islam.  I had a sheikh explain the differences between fostering and adoption. Then I learned the advantages of breastfeeding. This combined knowledge gave me the confidence needed when faced with naysayers.My other worry was about how my family would handle it. I am from South Africa, where the … [Read more...]

Discovering Your Passion, Fulfilling Your Life Vision

How many of us dream of having the most righteous and successful family? How many of us envision ourselves making a profound difference in the world? How many of us ultimately dream of the highest level in Jannah, Al-Firdaws?Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him was indeed one of the forerunners in teaching us about great ambition and doing all we can with ihsan (excellence).He (peace be upon him) was the first to encourage us to dream bigger as he says: “If you ask for jannah, then … [Read more...]


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