Notes on Raising Readers, and a Chapter Book Reading List

A voracious reader as a child, I handpick most of the books my school-age children read. This informal book-review habit is part-recreation, part-precaution, and part-service for other families. A librarian once asked if I would be interested in a job at the local library, because “you know how to find the best books!” Here is our GrowMama Chapter Book Reading List for Elementary Readers. I developed this list over months of reading aloud, scanning library shelves, reading Amazon’s reviews, and … [Read more...]


photo credit: wikipedia I feel like I mostly hear the name of our mother Khadijah, may Allah be pleased with her, being invoked by two camps: single sisters initiating a conversation for marriage with a dude ("Hey, i'm doing this Khadijah-style") and dude's singing off key about the wife that they want to have. She deserves more than that. So, why don't we redefine what Khadijah-style is. There is so much more to add. Khadijah-style  to me is:Being a business woman and carrying … [Read more...]

Ramadan is in the air!

My kids are still babies, the oldest is 6 (going on 16), but my nieces and nephews are newly minted teenagers. I have to say that, mashAllah, the good upbringing that their parents used to raise them is starting to blossom through their manners, priorities, and actions. In a group family message, they shared their resolutions for this Ramadan:Pray 8 rakat duha, daily Complete the Quran Watch the tongue and stay positive Do not touch anyone with anything that may hurt, annoy, or … [Read more...]

Family Projects that Capture the Ramadan Spirit

As Ramadan progresses this year, I have been tackling all the to-do lists in my head for things that need to be cleaned, purchased, decorated, and prepared. Additionally, my son is finally “old” enough  to understand the concept of Ramadan, so I wanted to create a memorable introduction to this blessed time of year for him. Thankfully, I had a lot of inspiration to work from through friends and social media.Instead of becoming overwhelmed with how much was out there, I pulled myself together … [Read more...]

How to Bridge the Gap with Your Child and Guide Them to College

This month, we highlighted the vast world of education through our contributors and guest writers. Thank you to all those that participated in this important conversation.  If you would like to become a contributor on GrowMama, please email us at College- synonym: freedom. synonym: loss.Some children only see college as a source of 'freedom': freedom from the 8-2:30 daily schedule of their lives, having to wear a uniform, or answering to a principal. Report cards are a … [Read more...]

Grow Mama Picks for April

We found this free, live, online course about the female companions starting Sat. April 26 for 11 weeks. Be sure to mark your calendar!  Is there are more fun and excellent way to teach your children the meaning of Quran than with legos?! If you are wondering about all the steps you need to take to get your role as "homeschool teacher" working for you- listen to this seminar on 5 keys to stress-free homeschooling while transitioning from mom to teacher" We need to increase awareness among o … [Read more...]