Sunday, 14 January 2018

Connect With Your Child Through Bedtime Rituals

Research says that if you read to your child at bedtime then it's a good predictor that your child will be successful academically. But the bedtime story also has other benefits. One of them is the nurturing that your child receives as she spends this time in your company. This is the time that she can connect with you through a bedtime ritual.

It'll be a special time that your child will look forward to. You need to make the effort to do it every night without fail. When my children were young they absolutely loved it. It was the perfect way to end their day. When it was bedtime they didn't make a fuss. We'd get ready with going to the bathroom then changing then they'd hopped into bed and be ready and waiting.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Book Review: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families

Title: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families
Author: Stephen R Covey
Publisher: Allen Unwin
Recommended for: Parents

This is a fairly old book published in 1998 and it's one of the first parenting books that I've read when I had my children. It resonated with me because the values were in aligned with Islam, even though the author is a Christian and made some references to Christianity in the book. Really, Christianity and Islam have similar values but it's our beliefs that our different. For the most part, I just ignore the references.

I will go through the 7 habits and what I got from them, from an Islamic perspective, of course.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Free Download: My Reflective Journal for Self Improvement


It's 2018, a new year. Is it time for you to better yourself? Let's face it. No one is perfect so there's always room for improvement. With this in mind, I've created this journal for myself to be constantly trying to improve myself in my life, not only as a parent but as a person in general.

Ibn Al-Mubarak reported: Awn ibn Abdullah, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “A man advised his son, saying: O my son, you must be mindful of Allah. If you are able to be better today than you were yesterday and to be better tomorrow than you are today, then do so.” (Source: al-Zuhd wal-Raqa’iq 832)

Friday, 29 December 2017

My Top 5 Parenting Posts 2017

2017 is ending and I like to look over which blog articles were most popular as this will inform me of what you'd like more of in 2018, inshaAllah. The common theme of the parenting articles were about being responding with kindness and connecting with your child. Most problems will resolve itself when you can do this, I firmly believe this. 

You will find this was a common theme with our beloved Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. He always responded with kindness, even to enemies or those who had treated him terribly. Study the Prophet's life and you will find that this is so. If you need a word for 2018 to inspire you then let it be KINDNESS.

Without further ado, here are my top 5 parenting posts for 2017. If you haven't already checked them out then now is the time.