You Just Never Know

“I have to go.”  I blurted and quickly hung up.  I was sitting with a coffee in a shopping area, talking to my sister when I saw her.  She stared at me and I stared back, taking a couple of seconds to realize who she was.  “I thought it was you!” she said softly.  I got up to give her a hug.  She was Tammy, a former workplace mentor, and it had been more than five years since we had seen each other.  I  heard that she had gotten married and had a baby so I congratulated her only … [Read more...]

Book Review: Dwell In Tranquility

We are starting off our Grow Mama Book Club with the book,  Dwell In Tranquility An Islamic Road Map to the Vibrant Marriage (www.livingeman.com) by Kamal Shaarawy. Some of the most special gifts from Allah SWT are the ones He plops right in my lap. Recently, a dear friend sent me the book, Dwell in Tranquility An Islamic Road Map to the Vibrant Marriage. I smiled when I saw the author, Ustadh Kamal Shaarawy. He was well known in the community I had lived in previously for counseling Muslim … [Read more...]

Engendering American Values

"Would you like to buy some girl scout cookies?" For a hundred years, Girl Scouts have been asking this question with smiling faces- and one would be hard pressed to say "no" to any one of these uniformed diet-busters. As a veteran girl scout leader, I expect to have more than my share of (un)necessary calories each spring, but what I didn't expect was the additional rewards that come with scouting. For a mom of three boys and one girl, my daughter and I have found girl scouting to be the … [Read more...]

Dirty socks

When my older kids head off to school, I start my other job - the dirty sock picker. I try to look at the bright side while doing this job - keeping my tongue moving in the remembrance of Allah (swt) or simply working out things in my head, keeping my mind busy. I am not perfect though and, sometimes, I do not see the glass half-full and can almost watch my life pass away as I pick up dirty socks, clothes, toys, and anything else that can be thrown on the floor. And on a bad day, the resentment … [Read more...]

GrowMama Roundup: Bullying

Has your child ever been the victim of bullying?  Has she bullied others, been bullied, or just stood on the side and let it happen?  What's your role as a parent in helping your child grow through this serious issue? How have you handled it? Below are some responses from mothers like you.  If you've dealt with this before, please share below! H shares: The first rule of bullying for me is to stop it when I see it.  If my child is doing the bullying, I stop him, ask him to apologize, … [Read more...]

Teaching Posthumously

I was waking up my 6 year old for school or suhur, or something the other day, with my usual growl and frown, and couldn't help but pause and remember my father, sending prayers for him.  I flashed back to how he used to wake us up with a loud smile, a boisterous nature, and a happy, off-to-the-right-track beginning of the morning jolt. He would laugh when we grumbled, covered our faces with our blankets, or screamed "I'm getting up" for the hundredth time.  And he'd come back and wake us up … [Read more...]


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