What a Child Really Needs From You

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“Time, indeed, is a sacred gift, and each day is a little life.” When I see my children smile, hear them laugh, and feel their hugs, the most wonderful thought warms my heart: These precious moments spent with my children are priceless. And even when tempers flare, tears fall, and innocent emotions run wild, I […]

Random thoughts: my 4 year old starting school

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September is the month of new school uniform, sharpened pencils, and melancholy that the long summer holidays are over for another year. With my son starting his first year of school tomorrow I’m feeling extra nostalgic and anxious all at once. It seems no time at all since my daughter’s (14) very first day, when […]

Behind Every Great Kid…

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” Behind Every Great Kid is a Mom Who’s Pretty Sure She’s Messing it Up” I came across this little saying on Pinterest and thought how so very, very true this is. There is no parenting 101 guide out there that will tell you exactly how to raise your child. Of course there are tons […]

The Single Muslim Mother’s Game Plan

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Being a first time mother is no joke. So being a first time Single Mother is no laughing matter at all. And being a Single Muslim Mother is way beyond perceivable ( to some). Take it from me: At 23 the world came crushing down on me when my baby was three weeks old and […]

Book Review: The Gift of Motherhood 10 Truths for Every Mother

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Author of the phenomenally successful If Life is a Game, These are the Rules, Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D., is widely hailed as the premier expert on personal coaching. Her profound insight and realistic, encouraging guidance have inspired countless people to make critical changes to achieve success and live truly fulfilling lives. Throughout her career, Carter-Scott has risen […]

Me Time Monday: 50 Ways to Take a Break, and the Essential First Step of Remembering

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I gasped in recognition one afternoon as I was reading an Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad story to my children. In the tale, Toad gets upset when his to do list blows away: “Hurry!” says his friend, Frog. “We will run and catch it.” “No!” shouts Toad. “I cannot do that.” “Why not?” asks Frog. “Because,” wails […]

Me Time Monday: The Joy in Walking

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Walking….I love walking. I think Autumn walks are the best, although like most people who live in the UK, I complain about it being cold, dark, grey and wet for most of the year. But despite my frustrations, I actually think we live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. While the […]

The Mother I Want to Be

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  Before we have children, I’m sure that we all have an ideal in our heads surrounding how we want to parent. Some of those things get thrown out of the window immediately, and other things do not. The reality of children is far different to the soft-focus imaginings of our first pregnancies. It is pretty […]

Letter to the Struggling Mom

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I KNOW that sigh. That sigh when you read that word…Struggling. The way your shoulders dropped and you thought, “Yeah, that’s me.” I know what it’s like to wake up some mornings, the kids are already awake and you think, “I can’t face them right now…not yet.” So you close your eyes just to get […]

Amazing Mothers: ‘My Amazing Mom’

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Today is a special day. It recognizes the special woman in our life who has been there to love us with all she has and hold our hand through all of our messes. Today I want to recognize my mother, Sandra Swartzendruber. My mother is an amazing woman, someone I look up to very much. […]

Me Time Monday: Tips for looking Good While Caring for Your Kids

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As Monday is upon us again, it’s time to look back at the last week and share some ideas for ways we’ve enjoyed a bit of much-needed “me time”. We’re all grown up women of the world and know how to make ourselves look presentable, if not fabulous. But the motherhood thing can throw up […]

Amazing Mothers: 60 lessons My Mom Taught Me

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On my mom’s birthday — today! — it’s hard for me not to reflect on what an amazing person she is. Not everyone is lucky to have a mother and few are lucky to have a mother like mine. As with most people, I have a few people in my life who really inspire me, […]

Me Time Monday: What happened to ‘Me Time’

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So how is ‘Me Time’ coming along mummies? Well I cannot say I have had any Me Time last week due to both my kids being struck down with Flu. By the end of a very hectic week with crying, whining, screaming, endless tantrums, throwing up…and other accidents I feel like taking a day or […]

Me Time Monday: Oh the joy of reading!

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Monday:  the start of the week and a hectic rush towards the weekend. It’s also the time when we like to plan a bit of time for ourselves in the middle of a busy few days with our regular Me Time Monday feature. This week I followed my own advice and took myself to bed early one evening […]

10 Super Power Every Mother Has

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This may sound crazy… but I’m starting to believe its true. Mothers have super powers. They can leap tall buildings in a single bound; they can burn inanimate objects with their gazes; and they can be teleported to any particular place at any given moment. Well ok..not really. But as mothers we do possess some […]

The Competitive Mum Syndrome

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Being a parent can be challenging. Many people have said that it’s one of the toughest jobs you will ever have. After giving birth to three children (a mum who still fully admits to being very mildly clueless at times), I can wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment. One thing I have started to notice, as my children […]

For all the mums I know

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We are sitting at lunch when my daughter casually mentions that she and her husband are thinking of “starting a family.” “We’re taking a survey,” she says, half-joking. “Do you think I should have a baby?” “It will change your life,” I say, carefully keeping my tone neutral. “I know,” she says, “no more sleeping […]

Parenting is a Life Sentence

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Being a parent is a life sentence, from the day your child is born until you leave this earth, you will NEVER BE FREE again! You are granted no reprieve when your child leaves home. You will worry about their future as long as you live, no matter how far away they are, physically or emotionally. […]