children, connection to Allah, family culture, motherhood, peaceful environment

Two Rules

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman As my children get older, and I seek to be intentional about norm setting in our home, the family discussion around "rules" has begun. Having a background in education, I know that the fewer rules there are, the easier they are for children to remember and adhere to.… Continue reading Two Rules

children, connection to Allah, generosity, helping others, Islam, reflections, service during quarantine, service projects

The Heart of Service: “I Get to Serve My Family”

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman When I think of the term "service," the most immediate images that come to mind are serving food in a soup kitchen, donating clothing, and participating in a canned food drive. I think a lot of us associate the concept of "service" with something that we do for… Continue reading The Heart of Service: “I Get to Serve My Family”

children, motherhood, preconceived notions dismantled, race, reflections

Fears of Raising a Son

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman Nearly two and a half years ago, I walked through the doors of the hospital room for my initial ultrasound. It was my second pregnancy, and I was interested in knowing the gender of the baby to help me prepare better. I would be happy with whatever Allah… Continue reading Fears of Raising a Son

connection to Allah, focus, Islam, personal development, routines, self-improvement, spirituality, taking action

At the Very Least, Dua

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman During the month of Dhul Hijjah, I participated in Rabata's Pilgrims @ Home Challenge, which was a wonderful avenue for rejuvenating my spirit post Ramadan. The ibadah activities outlined in the challenge encouraged me to keep up the practice throughout the year by being more intentional and strategic… Continue reading At the Very Least, Dua

anti-materialism, family culture, gifts, minimalism, motherhood, personal development, reflections

Knitting Nana

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman It's getting cold here in the neck of the woods where I dwell. The cold announces the need for proper winter gear in enjoying the outdoors (we are outdoorsy people believing in the notion that "there is no such thing as 'bad weather;' simply 'bad clothing' for the… Continue reading Knitting Nana

accountability, ecofriendly, minimalism

Eco-Friendly With Children

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman Sustainability and eco-friendly living are concepts that my family has been making a conscious effort to delve into. As stewards of the earth, it is important that we leave the earth better than we found it by limiting our impact on the environment. Below are a few ideas… Continue reading Eco-Friendly With Children

connection to Allah, islamic marriage, marriage, personal development, reflections

Reflections on Patience in Marriage

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman Someone reached out to me recently seeking advice on patience in marriage. My first thought was: "Oh habibati, you are already leaps and bounds ahead of me, mashaAllah, and I'm not sure I am the best person to ask as someone who chose to end her marriage." That… Continue reading Reflections on Patience in Marriage

accountability, finances, personal development, responsibility, self-improvement, taking action

Recognizing Your Financial Power

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman My relationship with money has always been one that I was conscious of. Growing up, my parents were people who valued quality and believed in spending the money upfront to purchase something of high-quality that would "last for a life-time." As far back as I can remember, I… Continue reading Recognizing Your Financial Power

curriculum planning, early childhood education, home education, homeschool lessons, homeschooling, Montessori, Practical Life, preschool curriculum ideas

Montessori Practical Life Lesson: Pumpkin Pounding

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman Here is a fun, "Practical Life" activity for littles that is seasonally appropriate. Context: The Practical Life area of the Montessori classroom is the first space that children see when they enter the classroom. The reason for this, is because it is the most familiar to children in… Continue reading Montessori Practical Life Lesson: Pumpkin Pounding

atmosphere, children, community, family culture, helping others, meeting social needs, motherhood, reflections, taking action

Envisioning My Village

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman The need to be part of a community is essential to humanity. We need friends, confidants, role models, peers to learn from, and people of varying ages to be part of our daily lives. Communities and villages are comprised of people from various walks of life who each… Continue reading Envisioning My Village