Monday, 7 August 2017

5 Ways to Encourage Your Toddler to Discover and Learn

As your baby grows into toddlerhood, she will become very curious about her environment. She can walk and even run so she’ll be fully immerse in her surroundings. She will not only want to know but also to explore what goes on around her. She’ll want to experience how things are and also how they work. 

Your toddler will poke and pull and bang and crash things. She’ll want to know what’s on top of the shelf, what would happen if the cat’s tail is pulled, how many times she’ll have to drop the spoon until mum stops picking it up and so on.

Friday, 4 August 2017

The Muslim Parent is a Positive Parent

It was an AHA or lightbulb moment on Day 10 of my 13 Days Qualities of a Muslim Parent Challenge, after we've put into practice being lenient. We began to see that being kind, patient, affectionate and lenient contributed to positive outcomes for our children. The children were happier as well as the mums.

Looking at these first four qualities of a Muslim parent, it dawned on me that these are actually in the style of positive parenting. Positive parenting is about guiding or discipling children through positive means rather than punitive. 

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Authoritative Parenting Infographic

A few parents and I were discussing how we could balance being kind with being disciplinary over on one of my parenting Facebook pages. We wanted to be kind, which is one characteristic of a Muslim parent, yet we didn't want our children to walk over us because we were too kind.

I believe the balance could be found in using the authritative parenting style. These parents are warm and supportive yet they set and enforce appropriate standards of behaviour. In other words, they are kind but firm and consistent.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Book Review: A Gift for the New Muslim Mother

Title: A Gift for the New Muslim Mother
Author: Muneeba Zahid
Publisher: TaHa Publishers
For: New mothers

A Gift for the New Muslim Mother A Gift for the New Muslim Mother is the perfect gift for the new Muslim mum. Written by a mother of three, it is packed with friendly, encouraging and practical advice on welcoming your newborn in Islam, breastfeeding, health, time management and lots more. It is liberally scattered with motivating Qur'an quotes, inspiring ahadith and comforting du'as, as well as top tips to help you be the best mum you can be in these precious early months.

I was browsing the bookstore one day when this pretty little book caught my eye. At 15cm x 15cm (6 inches) it's small enough to carry around with you. This is convenient for new mothers as you wouldn't want to lug around big tomes of parenting manuals from room to room or have it clutter your precious free space on your bedside table.