Confessions of a Domestic F…

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Assalamu aleikum waramatulahi wabarakatuhu dear bloggers,

It has been a long time! I pray this finds you well, ameen. November 2015 – November 2017. Subhanallah, it has been two years since I’m making a living from home while trying to homeschool my son. It has been challenging to say the least. Many days I question my choices of wanting to be home with him. Please put your feet in my shoes haha! I’m human, and I can’t escape the doubts or whispers at times.

That said, it has been a humbling and rewarding experience for me. The stress is still present in my life but at least I get to see how my son is blooming into an intelligent human being masha’Allah. I love the priceless moments I can’t explain, and I make a mental snapshot of them for the future insha’Allah.

I also try not to take his moments of mischievousness to heart. Toddlers can be so trying but I always make a silent prayer when he listens, surprises me, or simply asks for my permission.

Many days I think he is not growing fast enough or speaking the way I want him to express himself. And my patience has improved alhamdullilah. A lot of sign language and key words are usually thrown in our daily conversations. Sometimes, they make the exchange frustrating for him and me but many times I’m happy he’s picking up words I say to him daily. I push myself to not give up because when he repeats the words right away or another day randomly, I know I have taught him that.

So even if sometimes I question my homeschooling skills because he is the only one, and he gets limited amount of time outside with other children at the playground, I’m proud and happy to know that 99% of his vocabulary and ways of acting come from me; the mother because I’m always there for him alhamdullilah. The hubby pitches in too alhamdullilah. He plays with the kiddo the way I don’t always play. I can be pretty serious and intense with my son haha!

I’m sure many mothers can relate. It’s often hard for us to roll on the carpet and play around when we have tons of things to do around the house and the internet. Having said that, I’m really thankful that the kiddo still makes me the number one person to go to in his life. I know my place, and he knows it. Mommy is his ultimate nurturer. And Daddy is really, really, really fun masha’Allah.

Am I a failure or a fabulosity? You decide. I know my answer now alhamdullilah :).

May Allah help us raise the best of the muminun, ameen.

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

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The Blessed Bananas – A Review

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Synopsis: Everyone in the village knows not to come near the cranky, old monkey Rico or his precious bananas. However, after some unwanted encounters, Rico learns a life-changing lesson. Find out how in this heart-warming tale of friendship, kindness and the power of prayer.

Age Range: 4 to 6 years old

Author: Tayyaba Syed is an award-winning author and freelance journalist. Her work
has been featured in numerous publications including NPR, Islamic Horizons, Azizah Magazine, Chicago Crescent, Halal Consumer and Chicago Parent. She also co-authored four chapter books in the popular kids’ series Jannah Jewels. Tayyaba works as the Research Specialist for Daybreak Press and a Curriculum Consultant for Whitestone Foundation’s Author Development Program. She also designs unique plots for Noor Kids educational books as their Creative Developer. You can read more about her at her website.

Illustrator : Melani Putri is an illustrator based in Jakarta, Indonesia. After finishing her visual art education at Bandung Institute of Technology, she has been focusing on children’s book illustration and has won the National Folktale Illustration award in 2016. Her illustration works include children’s books, greeting cards, posters and stationery.
Please visit her website at www.memels.com.

Publisher: Prolance

Thoughts: The Blessed Bananas is a one of a kind Muslim fable with 50 pages. Like all fables, it teaches a morale. If you have a child who doesn’t like sharing, this is perhaps a book you should have because it teaches one to share. The illustrations are also bright and beautiful masha’Allah.

My only criticisms are that I found the book a bit preachy and over the required number of pages for a traditionally published children’s book.

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You can order you at https://www.tayyabasyed.com/bookstore.

~I received a free copy for the purpose of this review.~

Thank you for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

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Book Review – “Mommy Who is Allah?” by Zainab Jones. — Between Sisters, SVP!

Originally posted on A Muslimah’s writings: “Mommy who is Allah?” by Zainab jones is a wonderful book for Muslim kids explaining the attribute “Al Khaliq” – the creator.? It’s a story of a Little boy called Abdul Rahman who asks his mother about who is Allah and her mother replies him explaining that He…

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Mommy Who Is Allah? Al-Khaliq (The Creator) – A Review

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Age Range:  3+

Series: Mommy Who Is Allah?

Author: Susan Jones was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1969. She grew up in Houston, Texas, and converted to Islam in 1999. She studied the religion in Dubai, UAE, where she opened a bookstore, providing Islamic material in English. Jones is also an ESL instructor and taught English in the UAE and in KSA for almost 15 years. She enjoys writing poetry and informative Interfaith essays. “Mommy, Who Is Allah?” is her first children’s book series and Al-Khaliq (The Creator) is the first book in the series of 6 other books that are intended to inspire love and appreciation for Allah, The Creator.

Illustrator : Vicky Amrullah (He is a guy by the way 😉 )

Publisher: Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

Price : $4.99 for the eBook and $12.99 for the paperback available on Amazon and other outlets

Summary: Book 1 of the “Mommy, Who Is Allah?” series focuses on the attribute of Allah, Al-Khaliq; The Creator. Throughout the story, children will learn that Allah has created all that exists.

Thoughts: AbdulRahman also known as Dahumie is a very sweet and curious boy. He is more attentive than he used to be and that’s normal. In Al-Khaliq (The Creator), Dahumie indulges in his mother’s teachings about Allah. To make it fun and grab more of his attention, Mommy uses imaginary finger cymbals (instruments) to snap her fingers and introduce the creations of Allah; especially the stars.

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Al-Khaliq (The Creator) is a very fun, sweet, and loving book we can use to each one of the attribute of Allah to our young mumeens. Knowing this name of Allah has many rewards masha’Allah, and it’s wonderful that the Author started with this particular attribute to help with the education of young Muslims.

I recommend it to Muslim Moms without any bias ;).

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

 

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