The Spiritual Experience of Cooking

I strongly dislike cooking. I hate being in my usually grimy kitchen, having to watch the stovetop, getting my hands dirty, the kids tearing down the walls in the background, and then having to clean up late at night. All that effort and usually the results are less than perfect. I often cook a large amount and then we eat leftovers for one or two days, so that I can have a kitchen-free day in between.This Ramadan though, I am going to try to make an intention every day before I roll up my … [Read more...]

Welcome Ramadan!

GrowMamaGrow would like to wish all its readers a blessed Ramadan. May it be full of good deeds, inspiration and change for the entire community.  May our children, along with us, taste its sweetness. Happy Ramadan!Here are a couple of ideas to help your children get a good taste of Ramadan and to help create lasting memories...Ramadan Calendar for KidsLast year I found a calendar idea in a craft book, tweaked it a bit and came up with these simple computer-generated Ramadan c … [Read more...]

Setting SMART Goals for Ramadan

Click here for your goal-setting Ramadan Quran Bookmark.Nothing beats sitting down and writing out your goals in hopes of achieving them. In our preparation for this blessed month, let’s take out 15 minutes today for ourselves, in the quiet of our rooms, to think about what we want to accomplish during this Holy Month and what we want to carry over for the rest of the year. Let’s get introspective, let’s do some soul searching, let’s identify our faults, and let’s move forward with SMART goals … [Read more...]

The Swings

It was a sweltering hot summer day when I was visiting my parents at their home. It must have been at least 100 degrees outside and the AC in their brick house was out of order. My daughter was begging me to take her to the playground. I was already miserably hot, but I figured it couldn’t get much worse by stepping outside. We hopped in the car and drove a couple of miles to a local park.When we arrived, I immediately scanned the playground for a shady area where I could sit, but Duaa d … [Read more...]

Ramadan Spirit Contest

Want to be featured on us in our Ramadan Spirit Contest!We would love to post pictures, reflections, photos, poems, recipes etc. of the blessed season’s activities in your home!  We would also love to hear from your children on "What Ramadan Means to Me."Teaching young children the meaning and spirit of Ramadan can be done through many different media. You may want to draw the different phases of the moon, make crescent cookies, help out at local soup kitchens, make … [Read more...]

The Guilty Mother

Since my daughter was born, I’ve been mostly a stay at home mother. I am in graduate school, but go part time so that I only have to leave my daughter with my mother-in-law twice a week for a few hours.Recently I was invited to attend an out-of-town conference. In order to go, I would either have had to take my toddler and a baby-sitter (one of my younger sisters-in-law for the weekend, or leave her for one night while I attend.She was weaned, so she didn’t depend on me for physical nou … [Read more...]