How I Homeschool Without Losing My Mind

I get asked almost weekly by someone, "how do you cope homeschooling?" and you know, it's not that bad. I think the reason I do not find it so horribly difficult, is because I have learned how to make it work for us and how not to make it such a big deal. I have also gained much insight into how my children are learning, and that learning is not doing 'school' but is really a daily, lifelong part of life. I also have become an eclectic homeschooler (a mix of this and that) and I do not use a (Read more...)

6 Ways To Parent With Less Hassle

O ye who believe! Fear Allah, and let every soul look to what (provision) He has sent forth for the morrow. Yea, fear Allah: for Allah is well-acquainted with (all) that ye do. (Qur'an 59:18) If you are a parent who has daily house chores to complete, regular meals to prepare, perhaps a homeschool to maintain, or maybe an outside job to answer to, and of course last but not least, your children who need to be managed, then you have a grand opportunity to put away provisions for the morrow. With (Read more...)

4 Reasons Why I Give My Kids An Allowance

Growing up, I was never given a weekly allowance. We had chores to do around the house and it was expected to be done, end of discussion. I wish that explanation would work on my kids. I’m not an advocate for rewarding kids for every little thing they do, but I do believe in motivating them to want to do it and do it well. 1. Deciding How Much To Give Them I know that things have gotten really expensive to purchase out there. But I realize why I am giving my kids an allowance. The money is (Read more...)

Easy Banana Bread Recipe

Assalamualaikum dear readers, I plan to bring you recipes that are tasty, quick and easy to prepare InshAllah. I love cooking, but the thought of spending hours in the kitchen does not appeal to me. I would rather spend that time with my kids and browsing Pinterest. Most of my dishes are prepared in under an hour, and is aimed at intermediate cooks who need ideas, and want to make delicious and fast meals with a healthy twist. Welcome to my kitchen, and enjoy the meal! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:4] Love (Read more...)

High School Basics In Homeschool

Most families feel relatively confident they will be able to homeschool in the elementary years, but as your student gets older, your confidence wanes. What if you didn't do well in high school? What if you didn't go to school in this country? These are reasonable concerns, but not reasons to walk away from homeschooling high school entirely. Homeschool Laws The homeschool laws throughout the US are vastly different from state to state. It's your responsibility to ensure you are familiar with (Read more...)

5 Ways To Make Your Child Love To Pray

Like some mommies out there, ever since my baby turned 'the big 7', I’ve struggled on how to encourage him to pray consistently. I say the big 7 as a joke, because we all know they're not so grown-up, actually quite far from it. However, we are well aware that this is the age we need to get a bit serious and encourage our kids to begin good, wholesome habits. And what better habit is there than our five daily prayers. Here are some things to think about when encouraging this wonderful habit. 1. (Read more...)

Make Your Android Tablet Safe For Kids

I have a small 8" Android tablet (sorry Apple folks), that we recently began to allow our older kids to use for educational purposes, to listen and memorize Quran, listen to audio books, nasheeds, to take photos of nature, and correspond with distant family (to name a few). We did not always have a tablet, because my kids would use the computer occasionally when they needed to do some work, and I thought that having both a computer and a tablet was a waste. That is, until I was given a tablet (Read more...)

Disciplining Our Children With Respect

Do you need some effective discipline tips? Try this! The next time your children need correcting, let them know they are loved and that their feelings do matter. One way this is done, is by correcting them with respectful words and actions. It can also be achieved by being patient and understanding with their mistakes. In addition, allow your children to express their feelings in an acceptable and considerate way. Regarding the subject of hitting children when disciplining them, there (Read more...)

4 Things You Should Know About Homeschool Standardized Testing

Does your state require standardized testing for your child? And if so, what are the requirements? If your state doesn’t require testing, what reason is there to still use a standardized tests? Standardized testing doesn’t have to be a big ordeal for homeschool families, and once you understand the various options, it can become part of your regular yearly routine. 1. Testing requirements by state Not all states require standardized testing for homeschoolers, others require that you take (Read more...)

Easy Ash Recipe – A Greek Inspired Dish

Assalamualaikum dear readers, I plan to bring you recipes that are tasty, quick and easy to prepare InshAllah. I love cooking, but the thought of spending hours in the kitchen does not appeal to me. I would rather spend that time with my kids and browsing Pinterest. Most of my dishes are prepared in under an hour, and is aimed at intermediate cooks who need ideas, and want to make delicious and fast meals with a healthy twist. Welcome to my kitchen, and enjoy the meal! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:2] Love (Read more...)

Steps For Your Middle Homeschooler To Become More Independent

So many homeschooling families worry about teaching older kids, and how their kids will keep up with the workload, but the truth is, most older kids can work independently. Removing this burden to teach all the material to your child, can give you more time to focus on teaching a few more important subjects to them, in sha Allah. However, moving from complete parent involvement to independent work, is not something that happens overnight, but with a little patience over the course of a few (Read more...)

A Social Media Web Detox

Assalamu Alaikum! I pray that you all had a wonderful Eid break with your families InshAllah. I know I have been scarce and I haven't posted anything for two weeks now, but I was enjoying a lengthier Eid break and needed to rethink many ways of how I was approaching life with my older kids. My eldest daughter is almost 13 (going on 16), and I saw that my current approach to parenting needed a major fine-tune. So what has that got to do with my topic of a social media web detox? Simple! I needed (Read more...)

Easy Grilled Shrimp and Curried Quinoa Recipe

Assalamualaikum dear readers, I plan to bring you recipes that are tasty, quick and easy to prepare InshAllah. I love cooking, but the thought of spending hours in the kitchen does not appeal to me. I would rather spend that time with my kids and browsing Pinterest. Most of my dishes are prepared in under an hour, and is aimed at intermediate cooks who need ideas, and want to make delicious and fast meals with a healthy twist. Welcome to my kitchen, and enjoy the meal! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:1] Love (Read more...)

20 Q’s With Grandma Jeddah

I had the pleasure of interviewing an awesome wife of 34 years, mother of 11, grandmother of 13, teacher for over 30 years, educator of hundreds, children and parent author, who serves the community and offers helpful parenting advice, by writing her very popular e-books! She is none other than Grandma Jeddah, who is well-known for her e-book, 'Disciplining Without Disrespecting.' She will also be contributing some of her precious parenting wisdom, monthly on Muslimommy Muslimdaddy InshAllah. (Read more...)

5 Reasons Mommy Needs a Good Friend

If you are a mommy of one or many kids, you need a good friend. Please don’t say, you have your husband and that he is your best friend. He might have been in the beginning of marriage, but as you are blessed with kids and have new hurdles to cross, you need someone you call a good girlfriend. But how can you tell if she’s a good friend? Alhumdulillah, I have been blessed with a wonderful friend and she meets all the following requirements. 1. A good friend is someone you vent to, (Read more...)

Easy Cheese and Jalapeno Burger Recipe

Assalamualaikum dear readers, I plan to bring you recipes that are tasty, quick and easy to prepare InshAllah. I love cooking, but the thought of spending hours in the kitchen does not appeal to me. I would rather spend that time with my kids and browsing Pinterest. Most of my dishes are prepared in under an hour, and is aimed at intermediate cooks who need ideas, and want to make delicious and fast meals with a healthy twist. Welcome to my kitchen, and enjoy the meal! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:5] Love (Read more...)

Homeschool Middle School Subjects

By middle school, it starts to feel like time is ticking down until your child is no longer in your direct care, so many parents will take their student’s education plan to the next level. The truth is, that you still have a little time to forgive yourself for a tough year, but you definitely should be revving up for the high school years (trust me, they aren't as scary as you may think). So, what should be covered during these important middle school years? I use our state’s requirements (Read more...)

4 Things To Consider When Assigning Chores For Kids

Have you struggled with getting your kids to help you around the house? Simple stuff, like picking up their jackets and socks off the living room floor, wiping the bathroom counter, or putting their books on the shelf? Have you printed or purchased the most colorful and creative chore chart that lasted only a few days? Have you tried to make demands or say loud reminders to your kids, and got nothing but a “I don’t care look”? Do you wish they would sympathize with your aches and pains (Read more...)

Easy Tuna Kebabs Recipe

Assalamualaikum dear readers, I plan to bring you recipes that are tasty, quick and easy to prepare InshAllah. I love cooking, but the thought of spending hours in the kitchen does not appeal to me. I would rather spend that time with my kids and browsing Pinterest! Most of my dishes are prepared in under an hour, and is aimed at intermediate cooks who need ideas, and want to make delicious and fast meals with a healthy twist. Welcome to my kitchen, and enjoy the meal!  This recipe was inspired (Read more...)

Poll Results For What You Want On Muslimommy

The results are out of our last poll and majority of voters wanted coaching sessions. Well we listened! And are now pleased to announce that we have 3 coaching sessions on Muslimommy for motherhood, homeschool and blogging/website support. If you want more information or need to book a session. You can click on our Coaching Tab above. Don't forget to vote on the new poll that is up now. It helps when we hear your feedback, and you share your views with others. We are able to better tailor (Read more...)