• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Ramadaan Reads for Older Kids

    As a child, I remember the excitement of borrowing a book from the library that had a Muslim/Indian character in it. It felt awesome to be able to identify with the character but unfortunately those books were very few in number. Fast forward to a generation later and the amount of diverse books that’s available on the market is amazing! With Ramadaan literally around the corner, and excited mothers sharing their Ramadaan reads for their little ones, its easy to forget about the older ones. Here are some suggestions from my 9-year-old’s bookshelf. Depending on your child’s reading ability, I would think the following would be suitable for kids aged…

  • Book Review: Weaning Sense by Meg Faure & Kath Megaw

    I first heard the authors of Weaning Sense (Quivertree Publications, 2017) speak when I attended the Clicks Baby Meet Up at Moses Mabhida Stadium late last year, a week before I gave birth to my second child. Meg Faure is an occupational therapist and author of Baby Sense and Sleep Sense (among other titles), and Kath Megaw is a clinical dietitian with a special interest in paediatrics, and the founder of Nutripaeds. Their talk about COLLAB weaning – a scientific-based approach that takes the baby’s age, temperament and personality into consideration – won me over and I purchased a copy of the book at the event. Now that Ibraheem is…