Thursday, 19 July 2018

Now You Are a Mother Book Review

Title: Now You Are A Mother
Author: Du'aa Ra'oof Shaheen
Translator: Huda al-Khattab
Publisher: Darrusalam
Recommended for: First-time Mothers

This book has given an overview of the mother's role and touched on the basics of raising babies and small children. Whilst motherhood is one of the most rewarding of roles, it is also a very complex role that brings many trials and challenges that cannot be covered fully in a single volume.

When I saw this book at the bookstore my first thought was "Oh how pretty" because there was a cute picture on the front with soft pastel colour designs. I had to pick it up. So I started flicking through the pages and my second thought was "This would make a great gift for new first time mothers and I thought who did I know that was pregnant for the first time? One of my nieces is so I bought it.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Should I Give My Child a Smart Phone?

What you should do when you give your child a phone

When my children were young, the question of them having a smart phone never came up (yes it was invented by then). I've read all the articles warning parents not to give electronic devices to children before their teenage years as their brains are still growing and we don't want it to affect them. Yes, and I'm one of those who believe that the mobile phone can cause cancer. 

It wasn't until I'd upgraded my phone and we didn't know what to do with my old one that we decided to give it to my eldest to only play games on. He was a teenager by then but he didn't even asked for it. What were we thinking? We just thought it'd be a waste if I gave it away. Bad decision - I should have just given it away! 

Monday, 9 July 2018

How to Grow Your Child's Trust

Undoubtedly, parenting is hard in everyday normal circumstances. But when there's trauma in your family situation, such as divorce, deaths, accidents, illnesses, violence and assault, it becomes even more so. Sometimes these events can affect your relationship with your child. 

Your child's reaction to it may be to withdraw inside himself and shut himself off from you, especially in the case of a divorce, and he may get angry at the event which can spill over to you. He may feel that he cannot trust in anybody or anything. 

Trust is one of the most important ingredients in any relationship. Without it, there can be no relationship. Whatever your situation was that caused the distrust, you'd have to rebuild your relationship by building the trust. So how do you go about regaining your child's trust? Below are five suggestions.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Bedtime Sunnahs Book Review

Title: Bedtime Sunnahs
Author: Alia G Dada
Illustrator: Robin Boyer
Publisher: Prolance
Recommended for: Parents and 3-5 year olds

Previously, I've written that one of the times that you can connect with your child is during bedtime. Just before your child sleeps, you can read books, go through the sunnah acts of preparing for bed and so on. If you've ever been unsure of what the bedtime sunnahs are then this book will help you. It's actually a children's picture book so as you read it to your child, both of you can discuss and try to follow some of them.