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Suggested Reading for Muslim Kids

It is extremely important to instill the love of reading in children. As a parent, you should: Read to your kids from a young age Have a variety good books at their disposal Ensure that the content in the books are beneficial for them Alhamdulillah, we have been collecting good books for our children for many years, and have bookshelves lined with carefully chosen, wholesome literature for their benefit. I purchased some of our books in gently used condition, as it was more affordable, (Read more...)
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Explaining Halloween to Your Children

Halloween is not only a holiday where kids get to dress in costumes and go candy collecting, it is also a time of superstitious beliefs and customs of the past. Most parents are unaware of the true significance behind its origin. It is a good idea to educate ourselves and our children about Halloween's history and its traditions, so that we may understand how it all began and make informed choices. The origin of Halloween: A Celtic tradition The Celtics (ancient pagans) lived 2000 years ago in (Read more...)
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50 Simple Ideas to Keep Little Kids Busy

  As a mom with kids of various ages, I used to find it a real challenge to keep my young kids busy, while working with my older ones & their school work. I decided to research simple ways of keeping my little kids entertained & stimulated when I could not give them my full attention. Young children need imaginative play to develop their skills for later, more structured learning. Here are 50 fun, learning ideas to keep your little ones busy when homeschooling, completing homework or (Read more...)
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Easy Storage Solutions for Busy Moms

I absolutely love to organize! But alas, with my six young kids, my love for organization cannot be judged by the status of my home. A mom has to choose to either have a super organized home and yell at her kids, or choose some simple organizing methods and have less pressure. Some of the biggest challenges of being a busy mom with many kids are sorting socks, finding shoes, storing hats, belts, and hijabs. I cannot count the number of times my family was delayed, or one of my kids looked ridiculous (Read more...)
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Have You Hugged and Kissed Your Kids Today?

I wrote this poem for parents everywhere to remember not to be too busy to show affection to your children. A parent's life is so fast, and our days fly by quick,  as we rush and we race to give tasks a tick,  but during that time, we need to slow down our pace,  and give our children a hug, a kiss or embrace. Have you ever been around your children and realized that you hadn't kissed or hugged them that entire day? It happened to me a few times and it started to bother me a lot. As I (Read more...)
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When Homeschool Gets Too Difficult

One of the worst issues in homeschooling is the feeling of being overwhelmed and isolated as a parent, and the same can be said for the children who are homeschooled as well. This is what many struggle with and is the top complaint by most homeschool families. When I homeschool and my kids and I start to feel this way, I would do the following steps: 1. Take a Break - You're Human! I take a break from homeschooling for a week or so, and just enjoy my children with craft-type activities. We go on (Read more...)
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How to Homeschool Without the Burnout

I have wanted to write on this topic for a long time, but I was trying to find my wings before I professed to simplify homeschooling and solving burnout when homeschooling. After we made the decision to homeschool, I wasn't feeling qualified enough, smart enough or even capable enough to handle being my children's sole educator. The worst question I faced, was where was I to begin? The whole 'homeschool thing' had happened unexpectedly and sudden that I was stuck with making it work or being (Read more...)
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When a Mom Feels Overwhelmed

I received a heartfelt email from a mother who was feeling overwhelmed. She agreed that I could write my answer in a blog post so other moms could benefit from the situation. I'm not able to solve anyone's problems completely, especially with limited information, but I'll make the intention to share the tips that help me the most when I become overwhelmed. "I am a mother of 3 children, 3 and 1.7 yr boys and a 5 mth old girl. My husband and I are full-time students at a University. Mashallah I (Read more...)