A Mother’s Childhood-Inspired Journey

One of the fascinating things about parenthood is how it makes you reflect about your own life journey. It is like you are going through life for a second time through your children, and naturally the second time around you want to make it even more fulfilling and worthwhile. You don’t want your children to…

Can We Discipline Using Humor?

I have sometimes experimented with humor when trying to get through to Giggles and Cuddles, but it was always the last resort: when all else failed, I tried humor, to see if it would work. Well, I have since discovered that everything else almost always fails, so this year I have decided to try to…

Celebrate Life

  This happens to be one of the busiest times of the year, yet I always try to remind myself, in the midst of all the chaos, to slow down, reflect on how the year has progressed, and prepare for new beginnings. Through the good and bad one can find things to be grateful for…

Finding a Balance with Discipline

Parents dream of bringing up happy, successful, confident, and well-behaved children. Reaching that goal is most rewarding but it is a tough journey. One of the biggest challenges I have with parenting at the moment is striking a balance between nurture and discipline. In many situations I find myself wondering whether my children’s behavior is…

Double the Fun

I love the latest phase of the girls’ development. They’ve become a lot more talkative and I can now enjoy entertaining conversations with them. In fact, we had an interesting conversation the other day over dinner: Giggles: Mommy, I love you really big because you are big. Me: And how big is that? Giggles: Like…

Bring It On

I came across a funny cartoon recently with a mother saying “I don’t have a nine-to-five job; I have a from-the-moment-I-open-my-eyes-till-the-moment-I-close-them job.” Having three-and-a-half-year-old twins, I felt that this described my life quite accurately. It also reminded me of a conversation I heard on the train between two men, a dad of twins and his…

Enjoy the Little Things

Happiness is what we’re all after, isn’t it? But what is happiness, anyway? Is there a universal set of things or situations that make one happy? Or is it personal? Are the sources of happiness the same throughout one’s life or do they differ as one moves through life’s different stages? I have personally found…

Sharing Is Caring

We have an expression in Arabic that literally translates to,  “We have eaten bread and salt together.” It is used to express the idea that our relationship has taken a new level because we have shared a meal. Having a daily meal with family, lunch with work colleagues, or drinks with close friends is always…

I Will Survive

Throughout our lives, we are faced with many challenges. Some are major life challenges and some are simply small challenges in our day-to-day living. These may be small, but they are challenges nonetheless, and when many of them accumulate one can end up feeling down, angry, lonely, hopeless, or even desperate. Moving to a new…