If you are Muslim and have access to social media, you have probably come across a certain video circulating on the internet. “Somewhere in America” is a video montage set to rapper Jay-Z's song of the same title, released by a subculture movement who refer to themselves as “Mipsters” or “Muslim Hipsters”. It depicts a group of fashionable Muslim ladies posing artistically around an urban landscape as they engage in fun activities such as skateboarding, taking selfies, prancing about, and generally having a good time.
Taking the bus and other forms of public transportation is known to not only be a cheap way to get around, but it's also healthy for you and good for the environment. In my many years of riding the city bus, I have come to learn the proper tips on how to make it a pleasant experience for myself and others around me. Essentially, proper social behavior can make or break your public transit experience.
Parenting is an incredibly difficult task. It forces us to relinquish our personal desires by putting our children first, it forces us to perfect ourselves so that we may be good role models, and it tests every ounce of patience that we possess.
A long time ago, parents have lived in close knit communities which made it easier to raise children. After all, the saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child.” In this time and place, very few of us have the luxury of living in close proximity with family and friends who can offer to help with raising our children.
When the opportunity was presented to me this year to be a volunteer for the Muslim Youth of Ottawa's annual Long Bay Camp, I took it. I had attended this camp as a youth and I knew that going there with my toddler would not only be a stress relieving experience, but a chance for me to worry about more than just my weekly menu planning or which brand of diapers was on sale this month. It was refreshing to busy myself with planning projects and budgeting for supplies and worry about doing a good job with something other than just being a good parent.
Lesson: Use your free time towards something you are passionate about. Take on projects that stimulate your mind and make use of your skills.
Picture this: Your nine month old baby has been sick with a cold for a week. Neither you nor your husband have been getting much rest because of the long nights spent comforting him. The lack of sleep is making your brain function at half capacity, and you find yourself making silly mistakes throughout the day.
“It takes a village to raise a child.” – Old African Proverb
Had a rough time last night because your baby wasn’t sleeping? No problem! Just give him to your well rested mother in the morning while you catch up. Not able to eat because your baby is being too clingy? No problem! Toss him over to your niece while you eat breakfast. Can’t go take a shower in peace because your baby won’t stop crying? No problem! Call your brother over to entertain him for a few minutes.