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...]

Come To Allah….Come To Allah

“Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar…..”The beauty of the words of the adhan and the voice of my dear son as he beckons us to pray are familiar sounds in our home on any given day. Today, however, I am stopped in my tracks!In the process of donning my hijab, a shrill little voice also beckons…..“Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar……Come To Allah, Come To Allah!”My 2 1/2 year old daughter calls “come to Allah”. Her innocent but attentive mind has mistakenly combined the iqamah with the adhan, replac … [Read more...]

Changing Hats

 I’ll be honest, it might not show but working away from my family eats away at me. Especially in the early months of motherhood, it pained me to leave my daughter behind. Now that she is more independent, the burden of my working has shifted slightly from causing me self-inflicted pain, to being verbalized by my daughter who pleads with me not to go to work every morning. For a while I thought no good would come to my family as a result of my job, and that working was an entirely selfish en … [Read more...]