Archives for March 2013

GrowMama Picks for March 2013

1. Spring is here! So let's get back outside with some of these great activities for you and the kids.2. Here are some great ways to make your family vacations more doable and memorable.3. And speaking of family vacations, these tips will help get through those long flights.4. Do you want your child to be more independent? Here are some ideas to foster healthy alone time play.5. Read here to learn how plastic containers are detrimental to our well being.6. Do you know the fifteen t … [Read more...]

Keys to Successful Parenting- Managing Behavior Problems

This is the final article in our series, Keys to Successful Parenting Series. In case you missed them, click here for Part I (Improve Eating Habits) and Part II (Improve Sleeping Habits). --- Behavioral problems are very common in children and need to be dealt with carefully in order to effectively manage them and to encourage positive behaviors in their place. One important thing to remember is that every behavior has a function. Maybe your child is trying to communicate something to you … [Read more...]

Let Sparks Fly

Many women wonder how to keep things fresh in their marriage when you spend every waking minute together year after year. The answer is simple. SEX. Yes! I just said the “S” word! Why is it that this word makes Muslim women cringe or want to cover our ears like we're in grade school again? Is it because we don’t have a clue about what our men really want? Or we are afraid of being judged for talking about it openly? Yes, our religion tells us to guard our private lives. But let's not forget the s … [Read more...]

Keys to Successful Parenting- Strategies to Improve Kids Sleeping Habits

Bedtime problems and night wakings are common in young children and one of the most common complaints made by parents to health care professionals. Studies have suggested that when left untreated, bedtime problems and night wakings in young children do not spontaneously resolve.Why might children wake up during the night?Some parents try everything they can to ensure that their child is sleeping in a comfortable and safe environment. Even then, their child continues to awaken frequently … [Read more...]

Clutching the Past

I went shopping the other day after a few weeks of living the hermit life of being a milking machine for my newborn.  I had decided it was time to spread my wings (aka: be solo), get some fresh air (aka: shop) and pick up some items that I needed (aka: pants that did not have an elasticized waist).  As I was walking around the store I spotted the cutest red clutch purse by an eco-friendly name brand I love.  I quickly grabbed it and marched to the register. I was so happy to have found it since t … [Read more...]

Keys to Successful Parenting- Strategies to Improve Kids Eating Habits

GrowMama presents an important series for our readers. In the next few weeks, we will bring you Keys to Successful Parenting, with strategies to tackle some of parenthood’s biggest challenges, from Runda Ebied, an occupational therapist. The series is a glimpse of the wealth of information available in an online course that we welcome our readers to sign up for here.---Parenting is one of the most important, most challenging, and most rewarding roles in a person’s life. It is filled with ma … [Read more...]

The Wedding Gift

I sat at the dinner table with the family, discussing potential gift options for our new nephew. A story hidden deep in my memories resurfaced. It was a lesson for my children about good intentions and sincere actions being more important than the actual monetary value of a gift. I recalled a time, before my children were barely old enough to talk and walk and my dear husband was out of work. It had been months of unemployment. It was difficult for us. While we never lived lavishly, we were … [Read more...]

Grow Baba Spotlight: The Visiting Professor

I often feel guilty when it comes to my kids. I know I don’t spend enough time with them.  And when I am with them, I still feel that guilt because despite my initial spike of excitement at seeing them, I realize I don't actually want to spend time with them. I prefer to sit on the couch and surf the web. I mean there is a lot of really important research that needs to be done. Should I get the Galaxy s3 or the iPhone?  And, of course, I need to catch up with my friends on Facebook and see what t … [Read more...]