A Mother’s Guilt

Every night around 11PM, as soon as my 1-year old son begins calling for me with his unique cry, I feel like a failure; a “mommy-fail,” if you will. He’s a happy, energetic, social and curious toddler by day, and a semi-monster by night. He goes down in his crib most nights without a struggle, but 3-4 hours later, he wants nothing to do with his crib and wants nobody but me. I have tried many a sleep training methods, read several sleep training books, consulted countless mothers, but to no avail … [Read more...]

Growmama Roundup: How To Train Children To Fast

We asked two of our Growmama writers to share with us how they train their children to fast. Here are their replies:S writes:When the kids were preschoolers I would let them stay up for iftaar and make a yummy spread so that they understood that Ramadan and fasting was very special. Now that they are almost 6 and 8 years old they need more training. It's hard because many of us have conditioned our kids to eat. Phrases like "Finish your plate, drink more water, eat your veggies" don't s … [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...]

10 Ways to Green Your Ramadan

A Green Ramadan is an opportunity to remember and respect our planet which, through the grace of Allah, provides us with the sustenance with which we nourish our bodies and community spirit during a month of fasting. Interacting mindfully with our environment is simply a manifestation of faith. As we refrain from food and drink this blessed Ramadan, let us reaffirm our sense of self-restraint and accountability to the Creator, the Provider of Sustenance.Eat Local & Organic. How much … [Read more...]

Tips for a Healthy and Nutritious Ramadan

Muslims in Dietetics and Nutrition (MIDAN)’s:Top 10 Tips for Enjoying a Healthy and Nutritious Ramadan1. Focus on healthy foods that keep you fuller longer during suhoor (pre-fast) and iftar (break-fast) meals:• Fiber:  whole wheat grains, breads, cereals, and pastas; brown rice vegetables and fruits, beans, nuts* and seeds*,Protein: lean animal meat; fish/seafood, low-fat or nonfat dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese) beans, nuts*, and seeds*Healthy Fats: olives and olive oil, canola oil … [Read more...]

A Prayer Before Ramadan

  Oh, Allah. I remember the Ramadans before I got married. How they would be filled with night prayers, reading Qur’an, supplications in the dead of night. And I remember the Ramadan two months after I gave birth to my twin daughters, and I cry. That must have been my worst Ramadan ever, in my scale. And I remember the Ramadan when my girls were one year old, and it wasn’t much of a Ramadan for me, either. And I remember last year, when my girls were two years old. Nothing to be proud of. … [Read more...]


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