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New Creative Parenting Post

I have a new creative parenting post up at Riehlife. It’s a subject that is dear to my heart, as I have learned over time how to encourage my children’s creativity in simple ways, rather than relying on the latest fancy yarns, rubber stamps, or design programs. Nurturing their creativity is only part of it. I hope that I am teaching them to find the good in their situations- as there is good in every situation, alhamdulillah, as well as how to not only make do with what they have but to be satisfied with it.

Here are some examples of their creativity!

Sukhailah made these for her little sisters last Eid

Sukhailah made these dolls for Juwairiyah, Nusaybah and Maryam. She only used what we had around the house to make them! They don’t have faces due to the Islamic prohibition of making dolls with faces, or which clearly resemble living things.



Here is a doll crocheted by Nusaybah for Asmaa:

A simple little doll for Asmaa!

And Juwairiyah made an ice cream cone for her:


Juwairiyah made this without a pattern



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Janet Riehl on October 17, 2011 7:41 pm

Your children’s art reminds me of the handmade presents and toys we made when I was a child in the Midwest. Mother made sure we could embroider, crochet, knit, and sew. We were well-bred young ladies as well as being able to drive a tractor.

Thanks so much for your wise and fun postings in your Creative parenting series on Riehlife.

Janet Riehl

Khadijah on October 21, 2011 2:50 am

I love that you all learned to drive the tractor! My mom taught us the same way. I know she figured anything we might need to do, we needed to know how to do. She did all the fixing up and such around our house, not my dad. On the other hand, I teach all my boys to clean bathrooms and do the dishes, which surprises a lot of people. I even taught my oldest son how to crochet.

Mai on March 2, 2012 6:11 pm

As salaamu alaykum!

Mashaa’Allah, my girls have dolls like those. We got them from the Amish, as they also have the same prohibition regarding faces. I rarely find families who take the face issue with dolls seriously…but if we don’t, then what message are we sending to our children?

They are beautiful, mashaa’Allah. Your girls could have a little business selling those, if they are so inclined, and give da’wah with halal alternatives. Barak Allahu feekunna.

Khadijah on March 2, 2012 8:35 pm

You know, I used to make and sell dolls, mash’Allaah. Then I read a fatwa from Sheikh Bin Baaz, may Allaah have mercy upon him, wherein he said he was uncomfortable with the SELLING of the dolls. He said that what is intended is that the parent, or the child, make the doll, not that it becomes a business. So, I stopped doing it. Better safe than sorry, mash’Allaah. We do make them for gifts, though, and sometimes for trading.

Mai on March 3, 2012 3:25 am

Mashaa’Allah, I cannot tell you how beautiful it is to read those words, “Better safe than sorry.” Barak Allahu feeky.