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Bittersweet: A Spiritual Perspective on Special Needs Parenting

Bittersweet: A Spiritual Perspective on Special Needs Parenting I’ve tried several times to begin this article and this is my third attempt. I’m supposed to be writing about special needs parenting from an Islamic/Muslim/Spiritual point of view, and the challenge is finding a balance between the bitter and the sweet. …

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Feeding time is bonding time

Feeding time is bonding time By Sumayyah Motala The Quran says, “The mothers shall give suck to their offspring for two whole years, if the father desires to complete the term. But he shall bear the cost of their food and clothing on equitable terms. No soul shall have a …

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My Dear Sister, Submit. For Your Baby’s Sake.

My Dear Sister, Submit. For Your Baby’s Sake. Hebah Ahmed Disclaimer: This article is written for women who do not have the sole responsibility of supporting their families and are financially able to implement the advice contained within. On TV and in movies, motherhood is about excitement, happiness, and pride. …

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ADOLESCENCE: TURMOIL OR TRANSITION

ADOLESCENCE: TURMOIL OR TRANSITION The stage of adolescence is often seen as a time of turmoil and distress for both the teenagers and their parents. Parents worry about what kind of friends their teen will have, whether or not they will do well in school and decide to pursue their …

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Staying Motivated in Your Third Trimester

FOR many women, whatever energy they’ve had throughout pregnancy gets zapped right out of them when their third trimester arrives, especially during the final 9th month. And it makes total sense. It’s in the third trimester that our babies-to-be grow the majority of their body weight, packing on about an …

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What’s Ramadan without the Fast?

MY first Ramadan as a mom, I wasn’t able to fast. I was still in post-partum recovery and nursing my son full-time sent my normally borderline iron levels into an all-time low, compounding the negative side effects of my anemia. I couldn’t get past a couple of hours without food …

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Your Due Date and Inductions

FROM the first moment a woman realizes she’s pregnant she wonders, “When am I due?” In fact, this may be the most anticipated piece of information that her care provider will tell her during her first prenatal visit. Additionally, it is probably the most frequently asked question she will hear …

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Ten Tips of Parenthood

PARENTHOOD comes with a never-ending “to do” list. In fact, I could probably keep this Parenting column running indefinitely, just discussing the obligations and duties that come with the job. But this week I’d like to keep it light. So I’ve used the word “PARENTHOOD” as an acronym for ten …

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Ten Preconception Recommendations

WHEN you consider the physical exertion of labor and birth you realize that it’s never too early for the expectant mother to start training for the big event. Additionally, the more time you have to learn about pregnancy, labor, birth, and breastfeeding, the better prepared you will be, insha’Allah. All …

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When to Potty Train

LET me start out by saying that potty training is not my strong point! In fact, I’d say I’m quite lazy about it. I find it far easier to just wait until the child can communicate and clearly control their bodily functions. It is simply more convenient for me to …

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