Child Abuse & the Muslim Community

Child abuse is the dirty little secret no one wants to talk about yet in many homes across the world, it’s as prevalent today as it was centuries ago.  According to www.childhelp.org, “Over 3 million reports of child abuse are made every year in the United States; however, those reports can include multiple children. In […]

A Mother’s Reflection of Grief & Loss in Islam

“Whoever finds love beneath hurt and grief disappears into emptiness with a thousand new disguises.” Rumi Guest Post: Majidah (Margaret) Comparetta In 1999 I embraced Islam. The journey to Islam was long and experiential. I became involved with Westernized Sufism prior to Islam for many years, studying various methods to work on myself and dabbling […]

Irrational Fears and OCD in Children

  On Friday, May 23, 2014, ABC’s 20/20 presented a very informative and realistic view of how Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) impacts the lives of children and their families. These children were followed over a 5 year period and their journey towards managing their OCD is documented from extreme fear to management. According to the […]

Is Your Child ODD? Understanding Oppositional Defiance Disorder

“For many people, one of the most frustrating aspects of life is not being able to understand other people’s behavior.” All children, especially when tired, hungry, stressed or upset, can act oppositional from time to time.  This oppositional behavior might include arguing, talking back, disobeying, and defying their parents, teachers, and other adults.  Oppositional behavior […]

15 Parenting Mistakes Well Intentioned Parents Make

“We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt Parenting is a difficult job, and one in which we all make mistakes at times. Communicating effectively with our children takes time and energy. We need to become […]

Why Paradise is Under Her Feet: Mothers as Leaders

A mother’s heart is a patchwork of love.  ~Author Unknown Guest Post:  Dr. Parisa Popalzai One day I was speaking with a mother of five children about her life and aspirations.  After giving her a brief summary of my education and work experience, she slightly sighed when she said that she had to stop pursuing […]

The “Parentification” Trap: Dangers of An Enmeshed Parent-Child Relationship!

“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.” – Khalil Gibran Guest Post Hosai Mojaddidi One of the consequences of divorce or remaining in an abusive or […]

Mommy Dearest: When Your Mother Has a Personality Disorder

“Paradise is at the feet of the mother.” – Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) You can divorce an abusive spouse. You can call it quits if your friend mistreats you. But what can you do if the source of your misery is your own mother? Understandably no parent is perfect, and at least in […]

16 Tips to Tackle Common Challenges When Parenting Kids with ADHD

“They say I have A.D.H.D.  They just don’t understand…oh look, a squirrel!” By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Original Source:  http://psychcentral.com The symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can present parents with many challenges. Kids with ADHD “often lose track of their things, have difficulty staying on top of homework and seem generally scattered when attending […]