• My Curated Ramadaan Reads 2019

    If there’s one aspect of motherhood that sparks joy (thanks Marie Kondo, I love this phrase!) in me, it’s sourcing books for my children. This Ramadaan, I have a 10-year-old in a very busy school/madressah routine, and an energetic toddler who is always looking for something new to do. Due to time constraints of daily life, my kids can’t do justice to their book collection at home. So I pored through their books and selected certain titles that I thought would add value to their Ramadaan this year (among other activities/resources).   I did a post last year called Ramadaan Reads for Older Kids, which many mums found useful. This…

  • How to Make Moroccan Mint Tea

    One of the most unforgettable parts of my trip to Morocco was the numerous glasses of mint tea that I drank in the various cities that I visited. Moroccans love their green tea, flavoured with fresh spearmint, which is served at any time of day on a tray – complete in a traditional Moroccan tea pot called a berrad, and slender, cylindrical tea glasses that appear in a variety of colours and designs.   Mint tea, or “atay” (“tea”) as Moroccans refer to it, is an essential part of their culture and is a sign of hospitality. Upon our arrival at our hotel in Chefchaouen (or the Blue City), we…

  • 10 Ways to Nurture Essential Life Skills in Your Child

    From the time my son was very young, he would beg for either a car or Lego set every time we entered a toy store. Being the strong-willed child that he is, I had to be very firm and remind him firstly, that it was a want and not a need, and secondly, that it was not on our budget. However, I did make him aware that he could use his own savings to buy it if he really wanted it. I would only relent when it was his birthday, his Eid gift, or reached a specific goal.   Over the years, it has become quite normal for him to…

  • Back to School Tips for Busy Mums

    The Summer holidays are over and its time for a new academic year for your child. While the start of a new school year is exciting, the reality is that a few days/weeks into the first term, you find yourself struggling as a mum. Here are a few back to school tips for busy mums:     Create a routine that works for all members of your family. Get your kids involved by allowing them to choose the times for their school/madressah homework so that they feel involved and are more inclined to follow it.   Set a specific bed time for school days and stick to it like glue.…

  • 7 Benefits of Block Play

    Most parents today would remember these from their childhood – wooden blocks, Lego or other forms of toy blocks. Pre-schools kept a variety of them, neatly stacked on shelves in the classroom. Not much has changed decades later as we are actively encouraged, in this technological age, to expose our children to block playing. Numerous research studies have indicated the following cognitive, intellectual, and developmental benefits in children, including babies and toddlers, who play with building blocks:   1. Boosts imagination and stimulates creativity Blocks can be used to represent anything and therefore is ideal for creating a foundation in storytelling and building structures or re-enacting events. Young children have…

  • Kids Tech Review: The Playbrush

    Imagine converting brushing teeth for your kids from a chore (one that involves a lot of nagging, negotiating, sometimes even bribing from your side) to an exciting and welcomed activity in your home. Where your kids willingly race to brush their teeth properly for two full minutes? Enter the Playbrush. A simple concept that has transformed lives worldwide.   What is the Playbrush? It’s a small silicone device that allows you to manually insert your child’s toothbrush in it and then using Bluetooth technology, connects to an app on your phone or tablet, allowing your child to play a game while brushing their teeth. Think of it like a magic…

  • 5 Ways to Raise Kids Who Read

    I bought my son’s first set of books for him when he was about three months old – in utero, that is. I was at the final day of a book fair and the specials were never to be repeated, so I took full advantage. He was only able to use them when he was around three or four years old but that didn’t stop me from buying and stashing over the years. Almost a decade later, here’s what I’ve learnt as a mum determined to pass on the love of reading to my child: 1. It’s never too early to start New research shows that reading books with an…

  • 6 Tips For Choosing an App for Your Child

    Screen time has become synonymous with modern-day parenting and it’s difficult to avoid it altogether. And we all know that guilty feeling that consumes us when we allow our kids to indulge on tech devices – sometimes a bit too much. According to new research from the University of Washington, parents need not fear their children playing with their iPads as “mindful play with an adult, combined with thoughtful design features, can prove beneficial to young developing minds.” So how can we choose the best apps without having to worry about it being detrimental to our child’s development? Here are some tips on what you should look for in an…

  • How to Raise a Smart Baby: Interview with Dr John Medina

    I have yet to meet a parent who’s not always on the lookout for the most educational toys and gadgets that claim to increase their child’s IQ. In my culture, great emphasis is placed on academic achievement and I’m sure many other Indian mothers would agree. However, culture notwithstanding, every parent yearns for their child to be smart, happy and confident. While some mothers may detest certain methods like those of the “tiger mum” (Remember Amy Chua? The Chinese-American professor whose stringent methods of parenting were criticised in her book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother?), others are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure their child is successful…

  • Mums Delighted as Spur Supports Breastfeeding

    Popular South African family restaurant chain, Spur, has found its breastfeeding policy brought to the limelight after a customer posted a photo of their signage in store and praised it on Facebook last week. Initially implemented in January 2016, Spur’s breastfeeding policy has been effective in all of their stores countrywide for the past two and half years, although not many mums were aware of this. Spur restaurants are known for being family-friendly and thus welcomes breastfeeding. “Breastfeeding plays an important role in early childhood development due to its health and well-being benefits. We encourage all our franchisees to provide a friendly and safe place for women to breastfeed, and…