GrowBaba Spotlight: Dear Son, Make Your Bed

After years of nagging them, the other day I finally took the time to show my sons the actual steps it takes to make their bed. Predictably, my eight-year old popped the question which endlessly bewilders all human males regarding this most counter-intuitive daily chore: “butBaba, WHY should I make my bed?” Preceded by a long empathetic sigh, this daddy spelled out his fully confident, years-in-the-making answer: “Because son, I do it every morning and I know it makes your mother happy, so you ha … [Read more...]

GrowBaba Spotlight: Six Things The Husband Of A Homeschooler Should Never Do

Join us this month of May as we highlight the vast world of education through our contributors and guest writers. Join in on the conversation by submitting your own piece to growmama@gmail.com. We welcome all viewpoints on this special topic. DON'T add to her stress DO figure out ways to relieve her stress DON'T Compare your children with other children DO compare your child to their own abilities DON’T Ask her why the house is not clean or why the food is not cooked. DO co … [Read more...]

GrowBaba Spotlight: Boys Don’t Have To Be Boys

Go right ahead. Don’t worry. We all pee sitting down here, so the toilets really are clean. Reluctantly but proudly, I now comfortably state what used to be a defensive awkward moment for me when friends or family generously allow me lead time to check our bathrooms before their use… or make gentle remarks or gestures about the presumed lack of cleanliness of our toilets because of the four males that live here: me and my three sons. Newsflash: boys really can always pee sitting down. As a fat … [Read more...]

Grow Baba Spotlight: The Visiting Professor

I often feel guilty when it comes to my kids. I know I don’t spend enough time with them.  And when I am with them, I still feel that guilt because despite my initial spike of excitement at seeing them, I realize I don't actually want to spend time with them. I prefer to sit on the couch and surf the web. I mean there is a lot of really important research that needs to be done. Should I get the Galaxy s3 or the iPhone?  And, of course, I need to catch up with my friends on Facebook and see what t … [Read more...]

GrowBaba Spotlight: A Letter to My Unconceived Child

In the Name of Allah, The All-Merciful, The Giver of MercyLord, I have dedicated what is growing in my womb entirely to You; so accept this from me. You are the One who hears and knows all (Surah Al ‘Imran, verse 35)GrowBaba spotlights provide a space for Muslim men to share their voice, reflections, and insights with our community.As-salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatu Allah wa barakatuh,I don’t know you yet, and I don’t know if I’ll ever know you. Allah alone will determine whether I am to be … [Read more...]

Babysitting

I attended a qiyam at the local masjid a while back and left my daughter at home so that I could focus and get the most out of a spiritual event that – although it should - does not happen very often.  As I went around, passing my salaams to friends and strangers alike I was asked over and over again, “Where’s your daughter?” to which I replied, “At home.”What followed was so funny and so telling; over and over again I was looked at and asked … [Read more...]


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