GrowMama Relationship Roundup: Quality Time

The doorbell rings. “Baba’s home!”, scream the children, as they climb all over him. Even though he just spent the last hour commuting, after a long workday, he manages to conjure up the energy to laugh and smile, plant some kisses, do a few tosses in the air, read a book, much to their delight. We tackle bedtime together, and a little while later, we sit down to enjoy some hot chocolate and hang out.That’s how evenings should go, but every couple in the real world knows that it’s not always … [Read more...]

GrowBaba Spotlight: If You Love Them, Set Them…Fishing

GrowBaba spotlights provide a space for Muslim fathers to share their voice, reflections, and insights with our community."Good-bye guys, I should be back around 10 pm."Not unfamiliar words to parents of an 18 year old. This time he’s off for some solo evening fishing. You see on this particular day, the Islamic holiday Eid, we offered each of our three kids their choice of how to spend the evening since the first half of the day was spent at prayer and with our extended family. The y … [Read more...]

The Landlord and the Tenant

Moving is not easy. It's even more difficult when you've left behind a perfectly well-formed life to start afresh. Since moving from an owned house to a rental house, I'm on a constantly watching the kids closely, trying to prevent the house from any damage. I seem to seize every opportunity to remind my kids not to touch the walls with dirty hands or run the truck too hard over the hardwood floors. I ask them to close the cupboard doors gently, walk softly, and be extra mindful and careful of … [Read more...]

Turning Kids Towards Prayer

Salah, or prayer, was the first salient form of worship prescribed by Allah the Almighty to our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and his followers. It is a vital part of our faith. Once a Muslim reaches puberty, prayer becomes obligatory on him or her five times a day. At this age, the person is accountable for his or her actions and take on a whole new level of maturity and responsibility. For a child who is suddenly considered an “adult” in Islamic standards, this may seem to … [Read more...]

GrowBaba Spotlight: Ticket to Paradise

The day was Sunday April 2, 2006.  It was like any other Sunday, except that it was during the height of tax season, and I was over two hundred miles away from home, in a conference that I did not want to attend, listening to speakers that I did not care to hear.There were only two speeches left before I could finally return home and get back to work.  It was then, at the peak of my boredom, that the penultimate speaker took to the podium. He said that the Prophet Muhammad once saw a man p … [Read more...]

Keys to Successful Parenting- Managing Behavior Problems

This is the final article in our series, Keys to Successful Parenting Series. In case you missed them, click here for Part I (Improve Eating Habits) and Part II (Improve Sleeping Habits). --- Behavioral problems are very common in children and need to be dealt with carefully in order to effectively manage them and to encourage positive behaviors in their place. One important thing to remember is that every behavior has a function. Maybe your child is trying to communicate something to you … [Read more...]