The After School Mess

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On some winter days, this is what my foyer looks like at 3:30 pm- boots laying on the ground, gloves scattered everywhere, coats piled up high- and sometimes it stays this way until the next morning when my kids put on their winter gear and head off to school. On other days, my foyer is spotless. On ALL days I consider myself a good parent who loves her children and wants what’s best for them. On ALL days my children get fed, get hugs, have playtime, and have a mom who loves listening to their stories and jokes that don’t make sense. On ALL days my children and I have dinner together and play together as a family. On ALL days my children go to bed in cozy pyjamas and kisses from mommy. On ALL days I’am neither a winner or a loser, but a mom who is trying her best.

Sure, some days are more difficult than others, and I get washed over with feeling overwhelmed. Yes, those are the days my foyer looks like a mess, as does most of my house. But no, I don’t let it bother me. Why should I? I know I won’t always have the time or energy to clean my foyer, but I will make time for my children. I can’t always promise you I will have a clean house, but I can promise myself that I will try to be the best parent to my three children. Clean foyer or not, my children are loved and that’s all that matters!

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Children teach us…

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Background image is a drawing made by my daughter Hafsah when she was 6 years old.

Spend a day with children, and you will learn a lot about acceptance, love, and generosity!

Children don’t look at how much money you have, the colour of your skin, or anything else- they will accept you for who you are. My heart melts when I see children at the park play with each other. These children come from different parts of the world and different backgrounds, yet the outer appearance never matters to them- they just want someone to play with. Continue reading

The Baby Blues & Postpartum Depression

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It’s important to distinguish between the baby blues and postpartum depression. The baby blues is much more common, and leaves mothers feeling overwhelmed by the sleepless nights, the crying of the baby, and all the changes that come with taking care of a newborn baby. It’s best to seek assistance from a loved one (your partner, a family member, or a friend) to help you out with the baby or even just to talk to them for support. Continue reading

3 Children With 3 Very Different Sleeping Patterns

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Upon first glance, you can easily observe the similarities between my three children: they are all petite with small heads and big eyes…as funny as it sounds, it’s true! However, their personalities differ from one another, as does everything else including their sleeping patterns! Down below are each of my children’s sleeping patterns in addition to tips to help your little one sleep. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About…TEETHING!

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There are so many teething products out there, such as teething necklaces, gels, toys, etc. Some natural ways to help ease the pain of teething are to give your baby frozen wash cloths or teething toys to chew on; the idea here is to allow the frozen items numb the pain. This is the method I used for my oldest daughter, and it seemed to work! For my second daughter, I used Camilia homeopathic teething drops; they were so effective I alway made sure I had a good stock in my medicine cabinet and in my diaper bag. In between these drops, my daughter was creative, and put anything and everything in her mouth – yes, even her shoes and her rocker! Continue reading

And This Is Why I Don’t Homeschool My Child…

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The other day, my oldest daughter, Hafsah, requested that I trim her nails for her, as her nails were getting quite long. I happily agreed and started searching for the nail cutter in the washroom. I checked the usual spot – in the drawer…nope, not there. I checked the other drawer…nope, not there either. Suddenly, Hafsah started bawling her eyes out, and through her tears she cried, “You don’t like the way I organize things!” Ummm…ohhhkaaaay? I was confused. “I organized the washroom for you, but you can’t find the nail cutter now; which means you don’t like the way I organize things, NOW I’m never going to organize anything ever again!” Hafsah exclaimed. ‘AND THIS IS WHY I DON’T HOMESCHOOL MY CHILD!’ I thought to myself. Then, my son Idrees started crying because he wanted me to wipe the snot from his nose. Next in line to cry was my daughter Madina…because she wanted some attention. ‘AND THIS IS ANOTHER REASON WHY I DON’T HOMESCHOOL MY CHILD’I thought to myself once again. Continue reading

Back To School Madness & A Dentist Trip

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So, how was the first week of school for your children – and for you? I’ve talked about my experiences in previous posts, but I didn’t mention what exactly happened on the first day of school. Below is a description of how our first week of school went:
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