Book Review: Kolla Kolla

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As we draw close to the end of this Blessed month of Ramadan, I reflect on all the blessings I’ve had, specially the publication of my friend, Ferdousi Rahman’s first children’s picture book. I will never forget the morning me and my five friends had planned to have a simple meet up at my house, only […]

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 […]

A Mother’s Journey

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  For those who are fortunate enough to still be blessed by having your mother with you, this is beautiful… For those who aren’t…it is even more beautiful.     The young mother set her foot on the path of life. “Is this the long way?” asked the young mother as she set her foot […]

10 Simple Ways To Teach Your Child to Read: Week 7

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Week 7 Be Phonics and Phonemic aware “Phonemic Awareness- or the sensitivity to, or explicit awareness of, sound structure in words- is a key component to predicting reading success! -Blachman, 1991 Phonemic Awareness Before your child begins to read, he is learning about the way letters and sounds work together to form words. Whether he […]

My Reflections on Mother’s Day

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As Muslims we do not mark a particular day as Mothers Day. We believe everyday is our Mother’s Day. We are instructed to treat our mothers with utmost respect and dignity: “We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents; in pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth” […]

Mother’s Monday Morning Motivation

Stop Complaining

  Before you complain Whenever we complain about something negative , we reinforce connection with that negativity. A much better strategy is to come up with a positive alternative, and then to act on it. Instead of merely reinforcing what is wrong, you have an opportunity to change the situation for the better. The next […]

10 Simple Ways to Teach your Child to Read : Week1

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Week 1  READ TO YOUR CHILD ‘Children are made readers on the laps of their parents’     Teaching your child to read is a process that literally begins at infancy. Begin to read to your child as soon as you can. At just a few months of age, an infant can look at pictures, listen to your voice, and […]

Introducing 10 Simple Ways to Teach your Child to Read

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    I want my children to love and enjoy reading. The advantages of reading are obvious but the benefits for those who enjoy reading are endless. Learning to read involves much more than just recognising letters and sounds. Despite what anyone thinks. Learning to read does not begin in the classroom. It quite literally […]

A Tiny Hand of Hope

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  This is an email that was circulating quite a while  back (as far back as 1999 About.com claims). Today I have seen it again in the cyber world so I thought I would share it. It really is an amazing picture and makes me contemplate on the Greatness and Power of God. This truly […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Eid ul-Adha

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Today, Muslims around the world will celebrate the festival of ‘Eid-ul-Adha’. The Arabic word ‘Eid’ means festival or feast, while the word ‘Adha’ translates to sacrifice. ‘Eid-ul-Adha’ is also known as the ‘festival of sacrifice’.Eid-ul-Adha is one of the two festivals in Islam. It is observed after Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah in Saudi […]

Website Makeover in Progress :-)

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Hi and Salaams all, just to let you know that you may notice things moving around as you browse around the site- I’m getting a’ make over’ :o)   this is perfectly normal… it will be done soon, so thank you all for your patience.        

To my dear third child, my little baby

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As I sit here and try to put down into words what this last year has meant to me, I am realizing that no words could ever fully describe how much you have changed my life. A year ago today, you entered my world and since then I have smiled my biggest smiles, laughed my […]

“Toddlers and Tiaras”

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Today I saw something on facebook that literally made me feel sick to the pit of my stomach! I do not want to promote the page so I will only put up the picture to get my point across. I actually don’t feel comfortable putting this picture up on my blog. I am very against […]

Quick Recipe #3

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If your kids are mad about pizza try this … Cut muffins in half put 1 teaspoon of sauce (pesto, passata, sweet chilli sauce which ever they prefer), 2 tablespoons of pizza toppings (mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, pepperoni, ham, sweetcorn, olives etc) and 1 heaped tablespoon grated cheese. Put in preheated oven for 8 to 10 […]

Saying “No” to Your Daughter

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I suppose I knew it would come. The time when my daughter would start worrying about how she looks. My daughter is 13 years old and here are some of my thoughts on this issue. Young girls want to dress like their friends at school and you know what that means–wearing skimpy, tight, and sexy […]

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 […]

Bookmark Bijoux

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I absolutely Love this!!!  Thank you Umm Sara for sharing! I’m always playing around and thinking of new uses for my old jewelry. Here’s an easy little project that uses nothing more than velvet ribbons, vintage jewelry bits and some findings. I love the easy ones….instant gratification! It occurred to me that I needed some […]