Growmama Picks for September 2011

Growmama Picks is a collection of fun, interesting, and/or inspiring links that we share with you at the end of every month. Enjoy!1. This article on stress-busting for parents had some helpful advice.2. We are told to encourage tummy-time for new babies, but it is often met with crying and protest. Maybe this is why.3. We love Baba Ali's 2-season series for children. The one on controlling anger and brushing your hair had the kids cracking up.4. This month on growmama we tackled some of … [Read more...]

Growmama Picks June ’11

Growmama Picks is a collection of fun, interesting, or inspiring links that we share with you at the end of every month. Enjoy!1. A love jar is a sweet idea.2. Explore Surah Al-Kahf in depth in the latest MAS Tarbiya Lighthouse episode.3. We all have to do it sometimes: tips on grocery shopping with kids.4. This post on domestic abuse is a valuable resource.5. There is a subtle pattern in the way we talk to girls. This article suggests alternatives.6. We recently … [Read more...]

Al-Kawthar

You never know when something will strike you differently.  I know surah al-Kawthar and recite it fairly often.  As a mom with young kids running about I am often forced to resort to very short surahs in my prayers, and it doesn't get much shorter than this one:1. Verily, We have granted you (O Muhammad) Al-Kauthar (a river in Paradise)2. Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice.3. For he who makes you angry - he will be cut off.I recite it and go on.  But this morning, while s … [Read more...]

Growmama Picks for May 2011

1. Art Time with Yusuf videos are creative and adorable! We especially liked how to make an earth-friendly boat.2. Six Secrets to Saying No from The Productive Muslim blog.3. Hesham Al-Awadi's Women Inspired by the Beloved is a unique series about female companions. Order the audiobook here or search the web to download in mp3 format. It is also available as a CD set from retailers.4. This poem is a startling reminder not to forget the new Muslims among us.5. Isn't this the … [Read more...]

Courage to Change

Not many of us crave change.  In fact, many of us will try to avoid it and even resist it. But change is a constant in life. We are born as tiny helpless infants and if Allah (SwT) wills, we grow into active children and youth, then ambitious adults, and finally we grow old and become frail and weak yet again. We change not only physically, but emotionally.  Allah (SwT) tells us in the Quran: “And that it is He who makes one laugh and weep” (Surah Al-Najm: 44).  One day we are happy, and the next … [Read more...]

Growmama Picks for April ’11

Growmama Picks is a collection of fun, interesting, and/or inspiring links that we'll share with you at the end of every month.1. This article on resilience in children was posted on our discussion board.2. Last week's NPR story, as well as the French face-cover ban, sparked some interesting debate. Dr. Imad Bayoun's Friday khutba response was timely.3. Collard Green Muslim had us laughing and crying at her story The Day My Soul Caught Fire.4. We were deeply touched by Yasmin Moga … [Read more...]

Why Do You Wear It?

For Muslim women who are wearing hijab, hoping to put it on, thinking of taking it off or already have, watching the media put their spin on hijab is surreal. Class, politics, oppression, suppression, economic status, religious superiority, intellectual inferiority, modesty, shame, pride—it’s all been said. The more layers are piled on, the more complicated hijab seems.So, why do you wear that scarf?I’ve been asked that question a hundred times, but sometimes still fumble for an a … [Read more...]

Nurturing Habits

This week, we asked three of our GrowMamas this question: What do you recommend in terms of habits or rituals that allow you as a busy mother to relax and nurture yourself from time to time?Z writes:"Motherhood is not only the most rewarding job in the world; it is also the most demanding.   If we don’t nurture ourselves, it’s easy to feel ‘depleted’ and lose our positive energy, often feeling like we don’t have much to give to others.Every day I try to set aside 30 minutes in the mornin … [Read more...]

Pause

If I interrupt this silent reverenceWith a hurry up, come, what do you see?I divert her quiet moment with nature,And point it instead at me.At screens, voices, more stimulation,Questions, answers and explanationsBut what really matters, what makes it real,Is that here she learn to listen and feel.Touching the textures and rhythms of creationThis reverence may one day lead to worshipOne day she may hear the pulsing glorificationFrom rocks under foot and leaves over … [Read more...]

A Mother’s Reflections on Freedom Uprisings

As mothers, we always think of the children first. We know behind the headlines there are children who do not understand, hiding behind thin walls that do not protect them from gunshots and shouting in the streets.  Our hearts break for them, and we imagine what their mothers feel. Still, I remind myself that if I am feeling this way, then Allah is infinitely more merciful than me. Even in the most frightening, dangerous places on earth, Allah swt sends His servants to comfort the innocent and … [Read more...]