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

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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”

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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

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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

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Simplicity Parenting: Things You Will Always Find In Our Home

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman I truly believe in the simplicity and magic of childhood. Children have an unique ability to see wonder and amazement in the most simple of things. Take for example the common observation that children will play with the box that the toy came in for hours, rather than… Continue reading Simplicity Parenting: Things You Will Always Find In Our Home

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Setting Up Our Homeschooling Space

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman A successful homeschooling experience looks like having a space for your learning and your playing to take place. Consider the design of a classroom, library, or museum. The design incorporates beauty, sparks creativity, encourages critical thinking, and ideally, makes a person want to be and learn there. These… Continue reading Setting Up Our Homeschooling Space

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Hifdh Kids: Safe Media for Muslim Children

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman This post is a redirect to the original post by Hifdh Kids in support of my friend, Maryam Binbrake. Please check out the post, along with the website for accessing your child's favorite Islamic shows in a safe way--free of ads, free of inappropriate targeting and content, and… Continue reading Hifdh Kids: Safe Media for Muslim Children

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The Autonomy of Creating Family Culture

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman I have had the wonderful opportunity to participate in a year-long, parenting program that centers around creating "family bliss." Each month has a specific theme with tons of videos, resources, guest speakers, and live sessions to diver deeper into the objectives of that theme. The month of July… Continue reading The Autonomy of Creating Family Culture

children, home education, homeschooling, motherhood, preschool curriculum ideas, routines, schedules, summer camp, summer during quarantine, time at home

Camp Mama Has Officially Begun!

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman(Originally Posted: July 19, 2020) It's summer time, and many families are still in quarantine. But alas, this doesn't have to be a death sentence in the heat with cranky toddlers and bored children! Instead, we can have a lot of fun with our little ones, keep up the… Continue reading Camp Mama Has Officially Begun!

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Sharing the Excitement of Hajj With Our Children

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman(Originally Posted: July 18, 2020) As a revert to Islam, I have had the unique opportunity to learn alongside my children the beauties of Islam and the uniqueness of each month of the Hijri Calendar. This year, we are really excited about delving into the many aspects of Dhul… Continue reading Sharing the Excitement of Hajj With Our Children