Alhamdulillah, I have been blessed with eight children. Funny, but before I had any children I was pretty sure that I didn’t want any. I was the youngest of five, the baby of the family, and I never had any interest in babysitting or otherwise dealing with the offspring of others. Once I had one baby, though, I fell in love with the whole mothering thing, and leaped into it with both feet.
One baby was fairly easy. I had my parents to help me with him some of the time, and he was an incredibly easy-going little guy. Two children and the ante was upped…and so it was with each subsequent addition to our little tribe.
In raising my children, I rely on the teachings of Islaam, and the examples of the Prophet Muhammad, may Allaah’s praise and salutations be upon him, and the righteous people that followed him. I strive to raise them to be good people- to live their lives consciously, reverently, and joyfully. I try to teach them by example and experience whenever possible, and have been rewarded time and again when I see them do something laudable on their own, without my input. Raising them is my first priority, a trust that was placed with me, and I take it very seriously- but I have found that taking it seriously doesn’t meant that we always have to be serious; and so my ideas and experiences with Creative Parenting were born.
Creativity teaches children so many important things. They learn to experience the world with all of their senses, and to share their ideas with others in the same way. They learn to see the blessings in everything around them, and the beauty and harmony inherent in Allaah’s creation. They learn to trust themselves and their voices, and to celebrate their individuality as well as those things which bind us all together. They learn to let their hearts speak, and to listen to them, as well as learning to communicate with the hearts of others. They learn to recognize their emotions and to deal with them in a beneficial and productive way.
These are only a few of the life lessons that can be taught to children in a creative, interesting, and interactive fashion. If you are interested in some of our experiences and ideas, check out my ongoing series on Creative Parenting at
Also, this month my first book review has been published at Storycircle. You can read it at:
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