Blessed Nights

Enjoy these last blessed nights of Ramadan... Roll up those sleeves (or set that alarm) and take the extra mile.May Allah bless your prayers, giving, fasting recitations. … [Read more...]

Date Baskets

This project started out with us planning to give Ramadan Introduction gift baskets to our neighbors. But it became a double-project, the Ramadan Intro gift baskets as well as Ramadan Date gift baskets for both sets of grandparents alhamdulillah.  What better gift to give in Ramadan than dates, in hopes of earning the reward promised by our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh): “He who gives food for a fasting person to break his fast, he will receive the same reward as him. And nothing will be subtracted fro … [Read more...]

Fanoose Ramadan (Ramadan Lanterns)

Hawwa and her girls, Mariam and Reem love doing arts and crafts.Making Ramadan lanterns is their way of welcoming Ramadan and feeling a sense of belonging. The inspiration for these lanterns comes from this website.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Hawwa Hamza is living with her husband and 3 girls in United Arab Emirates. She is a member of an Islamic book club in Sharjah and is currently reading on tafseer al quran.  Her mission is to do her j … [Read more...]

A Daughter’s Essay

More than ten years ago, when my daughter was fifteen, she entered a writing contest. This is an excerpt from her entry:What Ramadan Means to MeThe abandoned soccer field is silent and empty except for a small crowd of children scrutinizing the horizon.  A few eager men and women stand a small distance away clutching binoculars in their gloved hands. A joyful shout arises suddenly from the shivering crowd of children.  “I found it! I found it!” exclaims an excited child and a finger poin … [Read more...]

Making Ramadan Special: Jessi’s House

Jessi Frenzel and her kids like to make the house special during Ramadan by decorating it inside and out. Enjoy and have a blessed Ramadan!GrowMama's Ramadan Spirit Contest is open to all submissions.  Email your photos, essays, recipes and more to growmama@gmail.com.Jessi Frenzel is a natural birth consultant.  You can find out more at her website: www.knowbirth.com. … [Read more...]

The Joys of Mothering Twins

The following are true events, though they may not have necessarily happened in the sequence mentioned.Who can deny,Who can refute,That Baby’s actions,Are really cute?Imagine then,That you have not one,But two little babies,On the run.We start the morning,With warm oatmeal,This isn’t going well,I begin to feel.Then one grabs the spoon,Excited and squealing.Where’s the food gone?Onto the ceiling.Now they’re both off,To the shoe rack,To chew and gnaw, … [Read more...]

Ramadan Spirit Contest

Want to be featured on growmama.com?Join 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...]

Remembrance

I had a spiritual experience sitting in a plastic chair in the kiddie play area of a fast food chain this week.  It was while rocking my baby’s car seat, trying to keep him asleep, with an eye on my two older children, all the while reflecting on a verse from the Qur’an.The morning began as usual, except I had to take my son and daughter to the dentist for a check-up, balancing the baby on one hip, pitifully trying to assuage them all at once.  The french fries and sugary drink were their gra … [Read more...]

Simple Fun for Toddlers

I’m always on the lookout for easy, wholesome ideas to entertain my two daughters, and never bore of reading how others do it with their children. Here are some ideas that take zero to little preparation on my part, and hopefully keep my toddlers and yours entertained for a fairly long time.Water PlayKids love playing with water, in any shape, structure or form. It takes a little bit of effort on my part cleaning up afterwards, but the amount of time they spend doing these activities is w … [Read more...]

The Quintessential Fairytale

Every time I walk into a store or pass by a television, I gingerly walk a minefield of tiaras, gallant princes, and Disney princesses. Their long flowing hair, beautiful voices, and sparkling eyes call out to us. My four-year-old daughter still does not know the difference between a princess and a bride, but even she stops in her tracks with a hypnotic, dreamy look when she catches a glimpse of Beauty and the Beast playing on the TVs at Costco. Ballroom dresses, long hair, and sparkles are wired … [Read more...]