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...]

My Prophet: A Collage

It’s important that we seek creative ways of imparting the knowledge of our deen. We must help our children by keeping things relevant and relatable. Here’s a simple project idea that we can use to cultivate and deepen our connection and love for the Prophet (peace be upon him). Let’s help our kids build a personal connection to their Prophet by creating their own artwork about him. This project is especially useful in this month of Rabi’ al-Awwal, as people remember and revere the birth and life … [Read more...]

GrowMama Roundup: Asked By a Child

<img src="http://www.patheos.com/blogs/growmama/files/2012/01/curious-child1-201x300.jpg" alt="" title="curious-child1" width="201" height="300" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-3727" /Ever been asked by a child why you wear that thing on your head? Seen a mother squirm and hush her child up? Wondered how much you could say without stepping on that mother's toes? How do you react in these situations? Here are three awesome … [Read more...]

Intentional Eating: Indulgence Sans Guilt

Often times people like me whose children are fortunate enough to have their grandparents in their lives mouth off about how much candy and junk food they eat as a result. Grandma’s purse is usually the go-to place for a handy, and typically sugar-laden, food-colored treat. As much as I dislike the boundless candy consumption that sometimes results, I can’t deny my daughter’s grandparents the right to be grandparents. I can, however, implement the healthy lifestyle that I value for myself and my … [Read more...]

GrowMama New Year’s Resolutions

As 2012 begins, a few of us at GrowMama have been contemplating the years past and re-evaluating for the year ahead. We pray that the new year brings baraka (blessings), health and happiness for you and your families! We look forward to your continued readership and engagement in the new year, inshAllah.We asked some moms like you what their new year's resolutions are. Here is what some of them said:SM shares: "My New years resolution is to inshaAllah take more educational development … [Read more...]

The Ninety-Nine Names of Allah Tree

As the new school year begins and a shift of seasons takes place,  my girls and I decided to make a tree with the ninety-nine names of Allah adorned on the leaves. It is a simple and beautiful project, and a wonderful learning opportunity. As we glued the names on the leaves we discussed what the different names of Allah meant and tried to give examples. In Islam we do not have images of Allah, but through these beautiful names we can gain a better understanding of who He is. By encouraging them … [Read more...]

Ramadan Crafts

Here are a few easy craft ideas to help your children get a good taste of Ramadan and to help create lasting memories...and maybe even start a new Ramadan tradition, insha'Allah. RAMADAN CALENDARSThe small calendars above were  made using  1/2 sheet card stock,  reinforcement  labels, star stickers, heart punch, glue stick, ribbon/ yarn for hanging and print outs of "Ramadan" "MTWTF" and the following Quran verse :“O you who believe! Observing As-Sawm (the fasting) is prescribed f … [Read more...]

How to Help Children Memorize the Quran

We asked some of our writers to share a tip that has helped their children memorize Quran. Here are their answers:M writes,"Inspired by a tip on zenhabits.com, I chose a trigger for our Quran memorization. That is, to make our daily Quran sessions an indispensable part of our day, like brushing teeth and putting on pajamas. After dinner and clearing the table, that's just what we do, everyday, no excuses. The house is, even if just for a few fleeting minutes, buzzing with Quran. If one c … [Read more...]

Eat Healthy!

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Is this really true?What we eat and drink and what we don't can definitely make a difference to our health. Eating well is one of the best ways we can take care of ourselves- and those who depend on us.As women we all have special dietary needs during the different stages of our lives, during adolescence, pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause. Regardless of the stage of life we are in, committing to a healthy diet decreases our chances of dev … [Read more...]