sibiling rivalry

The Curse of Sibling Rivalry

When you have more than one child, chances are you have found yourself caught in the middle of the crossfire of sibling rivalry quite a few times throughout your parenting career. "Mom, He hit me!"  "He took my toy!"  "She called me meany.." Sounds familiar? "Our children form their image...

5 tips for teaching Islamic Toilet Etiquette

5 Tips for Teaching Islamic Toilet Etiquette

Alhamdullilah, as Muslims we have been given the best etiquettes for relieving ourselves. Because Islamic bathroom manners are so much more than just cleaning after yourself, teaching our children proper Islamic toileting etiquettes requires quite a few steps. Kids from a young age (3+) can be taught these etiquettes starting...

Parenting lesson from the story of Ka'ab Ibn Maalik

Parenting Lessons from the story of Ka’ab Ibn Maalik

One of my favorite stories in the seerah is the story of Ka'ab Ibn Maalik (Radiyallahu anhu). It is one of those stories that many of us can relate to; it's the kind of story that makes you realize that the sahaabah were human.  They had certain personality quirk's and...

Learning to let go and forgive

Learning to Let Go and Forgive

Nelson Mandela once said that “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” We all have experienced being hurt by others.  We were treated badly, maybe even betrayed and left wondering if we can ever trust that person again.  While the pain is normal, sometimes...

peaceful car ride with kids

How to have a peaceful car ride with kids

As a mom on the go, I often find myself stuck in a car with a bunch of rambunctious kids for a big portion of my day.  Since I'm now shifting away from  giving my children tech devices, getting them to stay quiet during these rides can be very challenging at...

The Collapse of Parenting

Western parenting philosophy is often based on a culture that prides itself on individualism and fierce competition vs. collectivism and teamwork.  Stroll the aisles of the toy department and you will find countless toys and products that claims it will boost your child's brain development. From brain-enhancing infant formula to brainy...

raising green muslims

Raising “green” Muslims

Throughout the day, my five year old daughter can be caught snacking on odd and unexpected healthy treats from bites of celery stalks, lettuce, and even a half cut onion in the refrigerator.  She has no problem munching on wild fennel, broccoli leaves, and expressing her enjoyment as she indulges...

how to be a calmer mom

How to be a Calmer mom

Do you feel yourself "losing it" way too often? Do you wish that you can handle stress a little bit better?  Being a homeschool mom of four,  I often struggled with keeping my cool. It seemed like every other minute, I had to deal with kids either fighting with each...

character building with kids

Character Building with Kids

One of the goals of every parent is to raise children with good character, who will be successful in everything they do in life. But in reality being a person with good character and values can be challenging, especially in a society that rewards the opposite. The older our children...

thankful

Thankful

Salman al-Farsi radhiyAllahu anhu said: “There was a man who was given many of the luxuries of this world, and then they were taken away from him. But he continued to praise and thank Allah until everything had been taken from him, even his bed. And then he still praised...