Regaining Your Balance in Your Children’s Education

In my previous post, I wrote on Accepting Your Limits in Your Children's Education. In this post, I will explain how you can regain your balance in your children's education as a mother. Whether you've decided to homeschool or send your kids to a physical school, the key to academic success is to "do what you can, not do what you should."  This is imperative, so you don't get burnt-out as a mother. I had burnt-out numerous times when I homeschooled my children, and that's why I say, "don't allow (Read more...)

Accepting Your Limits In Your Children’s Education

I know I have not written a new blog post in months and I deeply apologize. It happens now and then when a hectic life presides over anything extra. I made every intention to write something since Eid, but many changes were going on with my children and I was trying to cope with the new adjustments and schedules. Then too, as the season changed, illness went through our family, and you know how that goes, no explanation needed! This school year has changed for us. You may know from my previous posts, (Read more...)

Supporting Your Teenage Student

My oldest daughter has spent the last six years homeschooling, from 4th to 10th grade. Now, she is finishing her junior and senior years of high school at the community college, earning college credit, in sha Allah. It's a new change for us in that I am no longer supporting her studies at home, but rather having to support her as she attends school elsewhere. I'm no longer in charge of the lesson plans (to my and my schedule's relief, alhamdulilah), so my role is quite different. I find this (Read more...)

Reflections on Motherhood Audio

Assalamu Alaikum. As a mom alhamdullilah, to two active wonderful boys. I know the journey of motherhood can be a rewarding one, yet filled with challenges, especially if you are raising your children away from family and relatives. Indeed, I think the role of being a mother is such an honourable role, yet has its difficulties. In this video series, I give an introduction into how to manage an array of emotions that mothers may experience - this particular video gives 4 steps you can take to manage (Read more...)

3 Tips to Help Your Child Learn Better

The way children learn has an impact on how much they will retain. You want your young child to take in as much information as possible. Learning has not occurred if there is no change in a child's knowledge base. There are certain conditions that make learning easier for your child. Here are the most important 3 tips: 1. Learn Early in the Day A child's best concentration occurs early, when their mind is fresh in the morning after waking. By the time the day wears on, your child will become (Read more...)

Children’s Books by Elizabeth Lymer

With Eid around the corner, choosing gifts for our children, or for our family and friends is always challenging, but what saves the day, are always good books that teach morals and spirituality to children in a fun way. That is why I would like to recommend the wonderful published work of Elizabeth Lymer. MashAllah Sr. Elizabeth is a talented writer and poet, and has successfully published over eight children's books so far! Her newest two, "Hector Hectricity" and "Angels and Rainbows" look (Read more...)

A Dozen Tips For Disciplining Your Children

Shopping for effective ways of disciplining your child? Here are a dozen valuable tips you can take home today to help make obeying easier and discipline simpler, insha’Allah. 1. Use words of encouragement Search for situations and behaviors in which you can commend your child. When you notice your son getting along with his younger sibling or completing his homework without being told, let him know how pleased you are. 2. Be fair when disciplining Being unfair or excessively harsh when correcting (Read more...)

How To Teach Your Child To Read

Reading is an enjoyable pastime for children when they can read. Most kids eyes will light up with excitement as they eagerly open a new book, but when they can’t read, it becomes a drudgery and heavy burden. It makes me sad to see a child heave a big sigh when it comes time for him to read. How You Don't Want Your Child to Read Your child reluctantly opens a book and starts reading the words that he recognizes. Everything is fine with the first few words that he can read, until he encounters (Read more...)