Author: Amina

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Why I’m Bringing Back the Board Game

Originally featured at Masalamammas.com and skinlessproject.com The other day my kids had a play date with a few friends. Watching movies and zoning out to Xbox zombie style took up most of the day. I found myself getting frustrated and somewhat annoyed with all the electronic activity running the “date.” Our house was filled with the blaring noise of Harry Potter getting ready for his Quidich match and the muffled...

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Stop Judging, Start Supporting

I rise every morning at 6 AM robotically to the sound of chirping birds motivated to take on the day. As I tiptoe down the stairs to begin a gourmet breakfast that even the folks at Top Chef would envy, I multi-task by packing the kids lunches and post little sticky notes incorporating smiley faces and hearts. I am a winner; I am the self-proclaimed Mom of the year. So....

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Fussy Kids? Teaching Them To Be Thankful

Originally featured at Masalamamas.com My tenacious toddler and free-spirited sweetheart officially left her nest for preschool. Things had been going fairly well except when I’d pick her up in the afternoon. Every day the teacher would tell me  that she did not touch an ounce of her food, not even an at least-try-two-bites type of deal. I know the toddler diet might sound enticing to an adult, but the idea of...

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What I Want My Daughters To Know About Relationships

Originally featured in Masalamamas.com  Sometimes you have an amazing mentor in your life that reminds you to always move on, be the first to say sorry, and not hold on to grudges. They remind you that it really doesn’t matter and to give a situation time and space and eventually it will fall back into wherever it needs to be (not always the same place, but perhaps a safe place)....

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Donald Trump: My Son Hears You

The other day, my son brought up a conversation he had had with this friends about presidential candidate, Donald Trump. He told me his friends at school said that Trump was racist. I thought it was interesting that kids his age were talking about politics and that they knew that Trump had publicly made bigoted comments about various ethnicities and religions. We discussed Trump in a very matter-of-fact way and...

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Why I Am Done With Homework (and you should be too)

I’m what you might call a homework-hovering parent. Since kindergarten, I have been standing over my kids like a private detective making sure they colored in the lines and perfected their name writing skills. When grade school started, not only did their handwriting have to be excellent, but their responses had to be no less than SAT material. I thought I was being helpful. I thought I was doing my...

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When your child teaches you it’s ok to be different

Originally appeared at New Orleans Mom Blog. My nine year old son surprises me everyday with his wise and analytical comments. Let me preface this statement with a little bit about my childhood. I was born and raised by a very traditional Pakistani family in a very rural-ish American town in Iowa. We had a cornfield in our backyard and my mom wore traditional clothing which consisted of a long...

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When Children Ask Hard Questions

Orginally featured at Masalamamas.com I have turned a corner in motherhood. Until this point, I’ve been doing the “basics;” insuring the kids were getting three nutritious meals with few snacks in between, using their manners especially around adults, and, above all excelling in their education. It seems that now my skills as a mother are being put to the test. My not-so-little-kids have brought me to the podium and I...

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The Priceless Wedding Gift I Will Give My Son

This post was originally published at the online magazine Masalamommas. Everyone tells you that it is easier to raise a boy than a girl. They keep telling you that there is a lot at stake for a girl, and you really have to worry about her future. But I’ve read a lot of books, and thought a lot about this; just as much is at stake for a boy. I...