Parenting

Smart Kids More Likely to Use Drugs

Original Post:  Huffington Post by By Anna Almendrala How’s this for peer pressure? Not only do the cool kids smoke pot, but it turns out the smart kids do, too. We joke, of course. But a new study suggests that ...

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 ...

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 ...

Top 10 Effective Parenting Strategies

“It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to ...

Let Your Actions Be Your Child’s Teacher

  By Dr. Parisa S. Popalzai It’s ancient wisdom that our actions speak louder than our words—or when it comes to our children, our screaming.  As parents, most of us are seeking advice on best parenting tips so that our ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

16 Tips to Tackle Common Challenges When Parenting Kids with ...

“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 ...

How To Recognize Signs You Were Raised By A Narcissist

  Original Source: Anna Almendrala Healthy Living Editor, Huffington Post   To outsiders, your dad is a larger-than-life social magnet who attracts people from all walks of life. Or your mom is the perfect woman, always looking to please and juggling ...