Practical Homeschooling AdviceNon-Education Related!

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One of the most common questions asked, after the dreaded S word (what about the Socialisation?!) is how do you manage the cooking and housework when homeschooling?   The majority of the mamas have the same concerns; the cooking and keeping up with the chores at home.  Shopping  With regards to shopping, I do a […]

So you want to HomeSchool?

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   Where do I start? What do I do? What do I need? Is it going to be expensive? These are some of the questions everyone asks.   First thins first, do your children attend school? If so, you have to de-register by writing a de-registration letter to the school. Once the school receives your letter you […]

Tackling Distress Tantrums with Brain Research

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The following article is an excerpt from the excellent book, The incredible effects of Love, Nurture and Play on your child’s development  (original title The Science of Parenting: How today’s brain research can help you raise happy, emotionally balanced children)  by Margot Sunderland   The RAGE, FEAR, and SEPARATION distress systems are already set up at […]

To My 13-Year-Old, An iPhone Contract From Your Mom, With Love

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This is one smart Mum. Check out the contract that she wrote up when she bought a phone for her 13 year old. My daughter will definitely be getting a copy of this whens she gets a phone one day. I love it! BRILLIANT!   To My 13-Year-Old, An iPhone Contract From Your Mom, With […]

1 Dozen Doable Tips for Disciplining Your Child

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I’m really honored and pleased to have a wonderful mother, grandmother, teacher and author of Discipline without Disrespecting: Discover the Hidden Secrets of How to Effectively Discipline Your Muslim Child– And Keep Your Peace of Mind While at It for writing this great Guest Post. You may remember her from my recent review on her book here.  1 Dozen […]

25 Things to do with a Wiggly Toddler Boy (other than get frustrated)

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I found this list through another mum, I’m so glad I came across it. If you have boys specially, who are extremely ‘wiggly’ this is a good list to have at hand.This is such a great list and a great reminder of how important it is to play with your kids, also the list illustrates more importantly […]

Becoming a Patient Parent

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I love our recent Facebook thread asking the question, “What is your biggest challenge as a parent?” (November 23rd)… so I thought I’d continue the conversation here… I’d have to say “yes” to pretty much every answer. I think many of us feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities we have as parents to raise happy, emotionally […]

Book review: Discipline without Disrespecting

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    This is an excellent parenting e-book written by Grandma Jeddah. For those who have not come across Grandma Jeddah,  here is a very brief synopsis of who she is: In 1977 during her youth, Grandma Jeddah moved to Los Angeles, California and attended University of Southern California. During her sophomore year, she converted to […]

Teaching Toddlers To Share – 5 Tips For Beating Possessiveness

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      Teaching toddlers to share is no easy task! Take it from a mother of three. ‘mine!’ is pretty much one of their favourite words at this age! experience will tell you that it does help to understand the reason behind their reluctance to share can help you deal with things. I have […]

The Blessings in Your Child’s Milestones

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I was observing my youngest boy (my baby) the other day. He has just turned a year old. I was watching him as he climbed up the stairs with his dad to his brother’s room then back to the stairs. Hesitating, he stopped at the edge (daddy in front of him). With a little help […]

10 ways to help your toddler settle into nursery

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Yes… It’s that time of year…my second child has started nursery. Although I have been through this ‘first’ with my older child I still felt anxious and quite emotional. As a mother of three children I can safely say that every ‘firsts’ that you have with your child is sure to be a nervous and […]

Tips to survive your child’s first day at school

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When my first child started nursery, I remember how distraught I felt. If your child’s raring for his first day at school but you’re feeling nervous about waving goodbye, follow these tips to help you feel as brave as your child… Your child may be feeling less nervous about his first day at school than you are! […]

The Milk of Love

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This week is WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK. So with that in mind I wanted to share this wonderful article written by a amazing muslim midwife. It certainly gives us a different perspective of breastfeeding! By Nabila Fowles-Gutierrez   In my midwifery practice, I have spent many years helping women with breastfeeding concerns, and this can one […]

Using consequences to teach children lessons

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The following notes are from a Positive Parenting course I have attended as well as from my personal readings and findings. My goal as a parent is teach my children to develop self-discipline, responsibility and consideration for others. Discipline works best when it’s about teaching children and encouraging good behaviour. It also helps if we […]

Why rewards are more effective than punishment–with children.

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      Today at the Positive Parenting course we were advised to try to ignore children’s bad behavior and reward their good behavior. Well, most parent’s know, this is sometimes easier said than done. After all, bad behavior can be so irritating that it is difficult not to respond to, that is, to ignore. […]