Children of Heaven: A Movie Review

When my husband travels, my children and I have an evening ritual called “cozy nights.” We cheerfully tidy up the whole house, eat a half-hearted dinner like cheese and crackers, then settle down with blankets on the couch with hot chocolate or watermelon for a movie.  It makes the day shorter for me and gives us all something to look forward to.Recently, we watched Children Of Heaven, which I strongly recommend for families with young children to watch. It was profoundly beautiful, rich with … [Read more...]

Dandelion Parenting

Many years ago when I was in college,  I was pregnant.  It was in a child psychology class that I came to the realization of how big the task ahead of me really was.  I was having a baby... A BABY!  Was I really ready?  As if reading my mind my professor asked us, "Why do we have children?"  The question caught me off guard.  He went on, "Why do we, as humans, have babies?"  No one could say anything at first.  Someone responded, "to reproduce, out of instinct," another said "to have a family."  … [Read more...]

Nursing vs. Pumping

Before I ever got pregnant, I always thought that nursing a precious baby was one of the most beautiful things ever. That particular peaceful connection between mother and baby was something I was eager to experience and hold onto for a long time.Then, my son came along. I was induced 3 weeks earlier than my due date (there are some studies that link those two things with my next point) and he didn’t latch on very well. When he did latch, even if it wasn’t the “correct” way, I would keep him … [Read more...]

Sadness, Depression, and Prophet Musa (as)

I was sitting at home a while ago, the third day into the Snowmageddon of 2010, the third day of not really talking to anyone but my two little ones, with the husband traveling and trips to my parents’ home eliminated because of the grand storm. I tend to get a bit sad, depressed when I'm alone like that, but alhamdulillah I was holding up fairly well during those days. A few nights later, I was trying to memorize some lines from Surat al Qasas, and read over the story of Prophet Moses (as) when … [Read more...]

Implementing Qur’anic Verses and Ahadith

We asked some of our GrowMama writers to share a hadith or aya from the Qur'an that they have used to help their children develop a good habit. Here is what they had to say:S writes:Inna Allaaha ma' as-saabireen, "Indeed Allah is with the patient." At times life is hard for young kids. Learning to write their name or tie shoe laces can bring on the biggest tears. I remind them that not everything can come easily. Allah is always with the mindful believer who remains steadfast and patient. I … [Read more...]

My Lovey

I had finished praying magrib, and began to unwrap my headscarf.“Sunnah mama?” Maryam asked.That caught me off guard. I had gotten somewhat used to the excuse of being too tired to pray my Sunnah prayers and wasn’t praying them regularly anymore. I’m glad to have someone who calls me out on it."Yes, mama, of course."As I bring my hands up for my two rakat of Sunnah prayers, I’m wondering about her motives. Maybe she’s trying to postpone bedtime, or maybe she’s really learned t … [Read more...]

Of Hot Showers and Cat Poop

This morning, I decided to do something that single people do. I decided to take a shower. You know, a shower. Oh, I take showers all the time, but usually about a day later than I wanted to because of the constant demands of the house and children, This morning, everyone was up, so I deposited the baby in his brother's room, put on cartoons, grabbed my towel, and headed for the bathroom. I was so silly, so naive....I had only been in the bathroom a few minutes and had not even started … [Read more...]

Swing Rapture

Storytime? Ice cream? The Children’s Museum? Jump n’Jungle? A walk to the park? A movie? A new toy?How can we make this day right?What if I just push you on the backyard tree swing as high as it can go?-Maha EzzeddineCan you capture a motherhood moment with your camera? Share your photo and a brief caption with growmama readers by sending it to growmama@gmail.com. … [Read more...]