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Teach Your Child Embroidery

My girls were interested in a new hobby and I thought of teaching them embroidery but did'nt not know where to begin. I had remembered a few embroidery tips from my school days, but they wanted to learn how to make different kinds of stitches with expertise. I find that it is more effective to put on a YouTube video tutorial for them and let them learn the steps by someone who excels in what they do, instead of mommy trying to remember her old ways which may cause frustration to them or I. Alhamdulillah (Read more...)
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Momisms – The Secret Language of Moms

Have you ever noticed how moms say things to their kids but mean something else? What comes out of our mouths are not always what we're thinking. We speak a language of motherhood, which is an evasive array of obscure and passive aggressive remarks. Here are some of the most common "momisms" that I've decoded for your enjoyment. So go ahead and laugh at yourself! 1. When a mom says - "Don’t worry about it!" She really means - "I'll do it for you as usual. I'm just the maid. I wish you'd pick (Read more...)
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An Interview With a Busy Grandmother

I had the pleasure of interviewing an awesome wife of 34 years, mother of 11, grandmother of 13, a teacher for over 30 years, educator of hundreds, children and parent author, who serves the community and offers helpful parenting advice, by writing popular e-books. She is known as Grandma Jeddah, well-known for her e-book, 'Disciplining Without Disrespecting.'  Grandma Jeddah is one of those jewels of a woman, who can balance a busy life, with being a dedicated wife, and mother to many kids. To (Read more...)
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Chronicles of Faith – A Great Channel for Tweens and Teens

Recently I came in contact with the team at Chronicles of Faith, to promote their newly released videos. When I viewed a few of their YouTube shows, I was pleasantly surprised and very much amused! It is always refreshing to see people taking positive initiatives to improve society, instead of bemoaning its ills. These guys deserve a big pat on the back for their input towards the youth. My kids (especially my boys) love Ali Ardekani's Baba Ali Videos, and the Islamic message sticks with them when (Read more...)
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Interview With Storyteller Maryam Sinclair

Alhamdulillah I had the honor of interviewing the remarkable storyteller - Mehded Maryam Sinclair. She is the author of The Fall of the Tyrant; A Trust of Treasures, A Mercy to the Worlds, The Bowing of the Stars; Miraculous Happenings in the Year of the Elephant and When Wings Expand - the winner of the 2011 UK Muslim Writers' Association Competition. I have all Maryam Sinclair's audio and books for my children, and that is the main reason for this interview, to promote high-quality educational (Read more...)
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A Review of Miraj Audio Stories For Kids

Miraj Audio uses the power of storytelling to help children experience the beauty of Islam and engage with its values and tradition. They stimulate the imagination and excite curiosity, by genuinely engaging children with the wonder of Islam and the reward of knowledge. My children are big fans of Miraj Audio children's stories and they love to listen to the tales as they fall asleep at night, drive in the car on trips, or listen as they color. The best part about these well-told, animated (Read more...)
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A Review of Jannah Jewels Books For Kids

Muslimommy had the pleasure of reviewing a series of books called Jannah Jewels Adventure Series. The Jannah Jewels chapter books is an exciting Islamic Adventure Series designed for young readers, which focus on Islam's rich history. We read 3 books in the series, The Treasure of Timbuktu The Chase in China Bravery in Baghdad The author Umm Nura, was inspired to write these chapter books in order to share Islamic history with her daughter in an exciting way. Her books are written (Read more...)
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Dealing With a Disobedient Teen

I was researching the web and came across a question and answer forum where a mother was pleading for advice in dealing with her disobedient teenage daughter. I was intrigued of course because as a mom of teens, I notice the sudden "loss of hearing" when I ask my teens to do anything. As I read through the responses and briefly skimmed over the usual answers, a few mothers' answers stood out from the rest. Their words were honest, heartfelt, earnest, and applicable to modern society. This led (Read more...)