Archives for December 2012

GrowMama Picks for December 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. Want to know how to avoid those nasty headaches? Read here to find out how your diet can help.2. Learn how to retain your quran memorization with these great tips.3. Hit the ground running! Get started on your first 5k run with this read.4. Need new tactics for disciplining your kids? Here are 10 things you should never say to them.5. Read t … [Read more...]

Being the Change

“O ye who believe! Seek help with patient perseverance and prayer; for Allah is with those who patiently persevere” (2:153).I’ve been told many times in my life I am a patient person. I think I am. I thought I was. Now that I am a parent I feel I have stepped into a whole new dimension of patience, and I have a lot to learn.Everyone talks about the “terrible two’s” of childhood, but the two’s are a breeze compared to the three’s—at least it seems that way with my son. His typical responses … [Read more...]

Home for Christmas

It’s that time of year again, when the snow begins to fall, the sky is a silver ribbon, and the cold air hangs low, seeping into every bone. Fireplaces burn bright, hot cocoa sits on the stove top, stockings hang low, and families gather to decorate their Christmas trees, as the scent of pine fills their homes. Presents are wrapped with love and care, and cookies and milk placed on bedside tables as hopeful children anticipate the return of Santa Claus. On this special day, relatives come from n … [Read more...]

A Sweet Gesture

Last autumn, a kind family from the neighborhood gave us an older television.  It was a big, sturdy clunker, the kind of thing you don't mind putting in a family room with young children and nerf balls. They were even so kind as to haul it over to our home and set it up for us.To return the kindness, I baked some of our traditional Ramadan cookies for them last December. I knew the mother, Natalie, enjoyed cookie exchanges over the holidays. Every Christmas, she baked over 20 dozen cookies a … [Read more...]

GrowMama Dialogues: Is Gun Control the Answer?

When I heard the news of the second largest school shooting in our history, I am certain my reaction was not unique. Immediately I was shaking with fear for my loved ones, terrified for the world they will inherit from us.As the day progressed, my core beliefs regarding gun control surfaced. I am a believer in the necessity of weapons for personal protection and as a deterrent. That being said, if I'm not allowed somewhere carrying a gun, it makes sense to ensure that no one else will be … [Read more...]

GrowMama Roundup Part II: Easing the Heartache of the Newtown School Shooting

The country is still reeling in the wake of the Newtown, CT. shooting. The killer has been identified; he started the day by shooting his mother and ended the day by turning the gun on himself. In between, he shot and murdered twenty schoolchildren, all between the ages of six and seven-years-old. He also killed six women who worked at the elementary school, those that taught, nurtured, loved, and in the end protected the children, paying the price with their own lives.Grow Mama readers … [Read more...]

GrowMama Roundup Part I: Easing the Heartache of the Newtown School Shooting

The headlines say it all. “20 children among the 28 killed in Connecticut slaughter.” Those whose lives were only just beginning, their innocence barely touched,  gone in a flash. The recent school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has left not only our country, but also the entire world stunned and hearts everywhere, shattered. Whether or not you are a parent, no one can escape the tragedy that is now identified as the second deadliest school shooting ever in the United States.Like mill … [Read more...]

Condolences to the Sandy Hook Elementary School Community

The GrowMama community would like to offer their deepest condolences to those stricken by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown Connecticut. We will be keeping the families, the school, and the greater community in our supplications. No words can bring comfort to the parents and those afflicted by such a tragic event, but we will continue to pray that God grants them mercy, ease, and relief during this unimaginable time. Please take a moment to make dua'a for the community. May … [Read more...]

Swinging Through Time

I can hear their laughter.My two oldest sisters are far out in the park, climbing the monkey bars. My other sister is just over there, spinning herself on the merry-go-round. She calls me over to join her, but I'm too scared. I'm sure I'm going to fall, since she goes too fast for my small body.I decide to ride the swings instead. These are my favorite swings in the world, shaped like horses, with bars in the front that you pull back and forth, making yourself go higher and higher. I'm … [Read more...]

Riding the Homeschooling Rollercoaster

Hi.  My name is Hala...and I'm a homeschooler.There.  I said it.  It’s out.The truth of the matter is, I never really wanted to homeschool.  I've always admired it.  Supported it.  Defended it.  But, it wasn't a path I had any desire to go down myself.  But alas, after many trials and heartache, here I am - homeschooling.  I would love to say it was because I felt strongly about so many of the reasons homeschoolers choose it - the flexibility, the control, wanting to spend more time with thei … [Read more...]