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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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

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

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

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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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The Necessity of Consistent “Tech-Free” Time

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman My family and I have recently taken up the challenge of going tech-free for 24 hours, every weekend. For us, this means: no televisions, no screens, no laptops/devices, no radio, and no phones (we do use my actual camera if I want to take pictures). This has been… Continue reading The Necessity of Consistent “Tech-Free” Time

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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

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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!

children, connection to Allah, Islam, motherhood, spirituality

Developing Spirituality in the Early Years

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman As parents, we are all concerned about the spirituality of our children and the ultimate destinations of their souls. We spend countless hours making dua for them and doing everything that we can to teach them about the deen, to instill a love of Allah in them, and… Continue reading Developing Spirituality in the Early Years

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Ramadan Planner for Moms

Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman(Originally Posted: May 7, 2020) Mothers often talk about how Ramadan has changed for them once they are responsible for young children. It is true that we cannot engage in all of the ibadah activities that we once did in our days before children, like: itikaf, nightly taraweeh in… Continue reading Ramadan Planner for Moms