• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…