Archives for February 2013

GrowMama Picks for February 2013

1. Feeding your child alot of junk food? Read this and you may think twice.2. Do you or someone you know have a child being bullied? This supportive video can teach you how to give them comfort.3. All parents should read this wonderful children's book about mixed race kids. 4. Need a kid friendly Asian food recipe? Here is one that will have your mouth watering.5. As parents we always make mistakes, but read here to correct three of the biggest ones we make with our kids.6. If … [Read more...]

Flawless Imperfection

It was a dark night, with the moon nowhere to be seen. We were driving home after having a great time at a family gathering. The best part was witnessing my three-year-old, Maryam, genuinely enjoy herself. My heart would just burst with joy every time she lit up, getting a thrill from seeing the pizza, the princess cake, the bounce house, and of course, all her friends and family. This invariably led to her falling asleep in the car on the way. So let me rephrase: it was a dark and peaceful … [Read more...]

Tackling Temper Tantrums (Part 2)

GrowMama is pleased to share some real life advice from a mom deep in the trenches. GrowMama contributor and mother of three, Hala Amer, shares her tried and true advice to help diffuse and deactivate temper tantrums in this week’s two part series. Here are the remainder of the tips she's come up with. You can read Part 1 of the series here. 7. Deep pressure and/or rocking and swinging.Hold them from behind, their feet forward (so they can’t kick you), hug them tight with th … [Read more...]

Tackling Temper Tantrums (Part 1)

GrowMama is pleased to share some real life advice from a mom deep in the trenches. GrowMama contributor and mother of three, Hala Amer, shares her tried and true tips to help diffuse and deactivate temper tantrums in this week's two part series. Tune in on Thursday, February 21st for the remainder of her tips.When fellow mothers tell me about a child's violent temper tantrum, I feel a flood of heat surge through my body as I am reminded of my own experiences with my boys. It was often … [Read more...]

An Apology Remiss

20 caskets, small and shaped like angels, sublimeSouls taken so early, you were still much less worldly THAN you were divineAnd with you, royal innocence crowned,Are buried all of our excuses, six feet beneath the groundEntombed are our alibies that we were too busy and that we couldn’t make a changeThat we had bigger problems, and that you’re killer was just derangedWe excuse ourselves into thinking we had no partAnd we forgive ourselves without asking for forgiveness from ou … [Read more...]

The Time Has Come to Move

“My dears, the time has come to move.” I still remember the line from The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day book that was given to us by the moving company taking us from coast to coast. It was a delightful story to share with my boys and we read it countless times.Over a decade later, here we are moving again, not so far this time, but still a significant move nonetheless. My boys have outgrown The Berenstain Bears, but it is me who keeps thinking back to that beloved children’s book. “The time h … [Read more...]

GrowMama Round Up: Talking to kids about friends with bad influences

A young girl asked her elder female relatives about advice for dealing with friends that are engaged in un-Islamic behavior, such as talking inappropriately to boys. She wanted to know how to make her friends stop without becoming alienated. Here are some responses that we hope give you ideas for how to advise your own children.A says:First of all your responsibility is for you to be pure and happy and follow the footsteps of our beloved Prophet (pbuh) without compromising your Islamic … [Read more...]

Please Don’t Look Away

My four and half year old daughter Sarina has twinkling brown eyes, beautiful long, black curly hair, dimples like her daddy, a big toothy grin like her mama, and spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy. She is not defined by her diagnosis, but it is an essential part of her life, and ours. My husband and I have been on a long journey to come to terms with the reality of our lives and have found ways to find the hidden blessings in it. We have formed a stronger bond with each other and our children. … [Read more...]