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...]

They Grow Up So Fast

Many expressions people use in everyday life simply roll off the tongue, travel through the ears and are not considered profound enough to deserve a second thought. But one has started to resonate with me in a way I didn’t know was possible for words so commonplace: They grow up so fast!Every time I hear those words, I am startled.A typical day in my life includes preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner, vacuuming, reading story books, bathing kids, making beds, running errands, changing d … [Read more...]

Fragile Life

When I was in high school, I knew a girl named Reem Dah.  She was a kind, sweet, smiling type of person.  One morning when I rode the bus, my friend and bus mate, Rana, told me the shocking news.  A bus driver had lost control of his bus yesterday and rammed into Reem’s family car.  Her mother, father and four year old sister sitting in the front had all been killed. In a moment.  In a heartbeat.  Just like that.Reem and her two other sisters were badly injured and taken to the hospital for s … [Read more...]

Laundry Blues?

Do you find yourself buried beneath mounds of laundry as you try toseparate darks from whites? Well, this became a weekly event for me, asthe laundry piled up until the weekends. I was forced to washeverything together, struggling to reach the end of my task. Needless to say,the whites were no longer white. There was also a real challenge tokeep up with the folding and ironing; inevitably, my baskets grew andthey grew and they grew. The children were frustrated because theycould … [Read more...]

My Mother Was a Woman, Too

I was twenty years old when my mother passed away. I had a great relationship with her, though her great career prevented us from spending as much time together as I'm sure we both would have liked.My mother had cancer for three years before she died, so it was not sudden or unexpected. It was painful, nonetheless, but I did not start grieving until about a month after she passed, when all the funeral-related tasks were done and I went back to college. After my first day of class, I went … [Read more...]

The Quirky Title

Our project’s title, GrowMamaGrow, is a little out of the ordinary for the typical Muslim community landscape. Something formal and feminine like “Enlightened Mothering” or “Sisters in Faith” would have been more characteristic.But we intended this site to have a totally different feel from the traditional settings Muslim women are used to. We hope GrowMamaGrow becomes a safe zone where women are passionate about self-growth but refreshingly honest about the frustrations they encounter on a d … [Read more...]


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