Being a mom can often be a daunting task, and even more so when confronted with the challenges of raising children Islamically in the West. A group of Muslim moms rose to the task of creating a website where other Muslim mothers (especially Canadian Muslim moms) can come for support and information. The site also offers special information for new-comers to Canada. The site's contributors range across the Greater Toronto Area and from other cities in Canada. Here is a brief interview we conducted with the project manager of MuslimMoms.ca Erum Zehra, a website consultant by profession.
On May 17th, thousands of Muslims attended the second annual I.LEAD Conference. Muslim Link chose to interview a father and daughter to get an intergenerational perspective on the conference whose theme this year was “Muslim Youth Identity”.
Many mothers decide to go back to work or school when their children are still young. Their reasons for doing so are as numerous and varied as the women themselves.
Some mothers do not think twice about going back on the work force after the maternity leave is over. As fulfilling as being a stay-at-home-mother can be, many mothers consider their careers just as important or satisfying.
Whereas for other mothers, finishing school is something they’d rather get out of the way as soon as possible in order to be at home with their children when they are older and need more attention.
For many mothers, staying at home is a luxury and they must rejoin the workforce in order to provide for their family. Whatever the reason may be, when a mother decides to go back to work or school, she encounters a whole new set of challenges.
You're heading to the restaurant with your spouse for a much deserved night out. The kids are in bed and your mind is at ease knowing the babysitter you hired is watching over them. You're both looking forward to enjoying a meal in a calm and relaxing setting, away from the constant nagging of your children. You enter the restaurant, and as the waiter leads you to your table, you experience a sinking feeling of dread when you realize your table is right next to...a family with rowdy children.
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.