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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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Why Women Are So Special.

Why Women Are So Special. Mum and Dad were talking at night when Mum said, “I’m tired, and it’s getting late. I think I’ll go to bed.” She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day’s lunches. Rinsed out the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the …

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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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Mothers’ Milk

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) was born at a time when it was customary among the wealthy of the Quraysh tribe to have their babies nursed by Bedouins around Makkah. It was believed that a Bedouin wet-nurse gave a strong physical constitution to the child, as well as the easy manners …

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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 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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Battle of the Wills: First Five Steps to Positive Parenting

By Aisha Al Hajjar, AMANI HAVING babies is blessing from Allah (SWT). Raising them, however, is a serious charge of responsibility. Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar: Allah’s Apostle said, “Surely! Everyone of you is a guardian and is responsible for his charges: The Imam (ruler) of the people is a guardian …

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Woman+Mother=Jewel

If I teach a child to read at school, I’m called a Teacher. If I teach my child to read Qur’aan n his sunnah Du’aaz at home, then I’m just a mother. If I plan lessons for a class, I’m called a Curriculum Coordinator. If educate my child home, then …

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