My Cup Is Already Full

In focusing on my everyday life I find that I can unconsciously tune out the world around me.  Maybe I don’t check my e-mails or my Facebook page for a day or two, or don’t watch the news on TV.  I am not trying to be ignorant of what’s going on locally and globally, it just happens.  But I wonder sometimes if I am subconsciously tuning out.  I’d be lying if I said it didn’t feel good to “forget” about the suffering of others for a little while.  Why does it feel good?  Because when it comes to t … [Read more...]

Growmama Roundup: Raising bilingual children

We asked a few awesome mamas what approach, tools and resources they use to raise their children to be bilingual (specifically Arabic/English speaking).F says: "Before we had children, my husband and I tried to get into the habit of speaking to each other in Arabic, at least most of the time (took some effort esp since we both speak different dialects of Arabic with our parents and find English to be our stronger language). Once we had our first daughter, we made sure to speak to her in … [Read more...]

The Sandwich Generation

When I am driving, I tend to jumble all the noises in the car as one big mixture of sound.  It is almost music to my ears.  There is someone talking non-stop, another snoring, one crying and one screaming for no apparent reason.  Since I cannot keep everyone at peace, I just let them be and focus on the road instead.  This is a typical afternoon for me.  It may seem as if I am talking about a car full of rowdy, uncontrollable children.  However, only two of them are my kids. The other two are my … [Read more...]

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...]

Kids in the Kitchen

Breakfast is a family affair in our home. With one child aspiring to be a chef and another who tries to be a master of all, it's easy to come up with delicious breakfast ideas. My youngest independent student, my 7 year old daughter, is learning to set the table. While learning the difference between the salad fork, dinner fork, soup spoon, tea spoon and tablespoon, she is also learning their proper positions on a place setting. The boys usually do the cooking. They can now slice, chop, dice and … [Read more...]

First Year

Seems like just yesterday when I held you for the first time,I thanked Allah for the gift, as your eyes looked into mine.Seems like just yesterday when you smiled your first smile,I felt my heart melt, for you did it in such style.I watched you grow as you hit each milestone,Couldn’t help but think where have the months flown?Rolling over was one of you firsts,Then you started teething, making it a pain while I nursed.But nothing comes easy, so I prayed for the best,And all a … [Read more...]


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