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In Atlanta We too had Snow in 2017 !! A rare thing in the history itseems!!

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I usually don’t follow the weather forecast but i had to follow when i got a notification stating it will snow in our area and we are facing a snow storm. The whole of Atlanta was excited as its a place where we don’t get snow and it was predicted that we would get approximately 1-2 inches of snow but still all my friends were excited. If you know me in person you would know how much i get worried for each and everything so i started bugging my husband z head to work from home as i felt our roads won’t be safe for the snow and i don’t want to risk. But he had to go for work. As it didn’t snow still 10 a.m. i kept quite. But still i was excited as its my first snow in Atlanta and were ready with layering stuffs for both Alizeh and I to get drenched in snow. Around 10.30 a.m. saw the snow slit cum rain but by the moment we got ready it stopped and both alizeh and I were waiting in the sunroom to know when it would start. Then around 11.00 we got snow and just called my husband to start from work and he acknowledged that we will start. So i was relaxed. He reached home before it started heavy with almighty z grace.
When it was heavy i felt BabyA wouldn’t enjoy much but to my surprise she enjoyed to the core where our nap was shifted to the evening slot and she was excited to play and run in thw snow. She saw her bootmarks and made snowballs, tried to catch the snow what not. Maa shaa allah nature teaches us a lot. We had a continuous snow and we went for a walk in the snow. Who would do that? We did it as we enjoyed. Husbandman wasn’t keeping well but still he joined us and we had a blast. The Georgia state isn’t ready for this kind and there are many people who suffered a lot due to power outage. And due to this power outage we had a guest from  his office. BabyA welcomed them and played with them and made them feel comfortable. We had wonderful time for sure.
Im pretty sure there would have been accidents happening as they wouldn’t know how to control their vehicles as they aren’t used to drive in snow. So there would be road closures for sure. Luckily we all stayed at home safe and enjoyed the snow al hamdulilah!!

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Did you guys had a privilege to enjoy snow in this snow storm? Or do you guys get snow often? Please do share with us how do enjoy your snow life??

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Gross Motor- & How do I build that in my Child?

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We have entered the toddler stage now and lately I can notice she becomes little aggressive and at times gets irritated when she is unable to reach a goal she has set. This happens in a child when they aren’t able to engage with the gross motor skill of theirs. When we reach this irritation stage, we move out and speak with the nature and explore the nature as she loves to explore the Nature. The main goal is to deviate our mind from the situation so that they calm down and don’t think about the loss. Now, being the season Fall, it’s actually easy to walk in the community and do lot of stuffs with the dry leaves around. We love to catch the leaves that are falling down as its not that easy to catch the leaves. What best can be an activity which a baby and mommy can love other than this?
With this we run and loose all the energy we have and its really best way to build our gross motor skill.
It might be latin and greek  for few mommies; so let’s skeleton what’s gross motor skill?
Gross motor movements  are nothing but the kids use  large muscle load or movements and these are the movements that use the whole body to complete the task. TASKS such as walking, crawling, jumping, sitting, standing,balancing etc.,  concentrate on daily activities.
Gross motor skills involves the coordination of eyes, hand movements,legs etc. When baby is in the infant stage gross motor skill was important and necessary to hold hands, hold their head upright, crawl and then sit and then walk. When they grow into toddlers and as we say they grow big they just refine their skills. Al hamdulilah. Almighty’s beauty is really great. He created the Adam [A.S] and Hawa [A.S] but with the help of studies we are understanding the behind the scenes of Almighty we can say.
Gross motor activities can help your baby/toddler to sweat as they keep on moving and get tired.
Lets see which are the areas gain limelight with the help of Gross motor skills:
1. Muscle tone
2. Muscle strength
3.motor planning like when to start what to do and when to stop.
4.sensory processing
5. Balance
6. Eye hand coordination
7.knowing their body parts
These are the few activities which we have done to improve or work with the gross motor skills:
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Walking on a pillow
Walking around a hoopla
Catching the leaves falling down from the tree
Crossing the obstacle
Trying to crawl using a tunnel
Playing with a ball
Moving the ball with a leg
Jumping on a sofa/couch
Trying to walk on the clothes
Hopping In and OUT of a hoopla
If you feel you need to shed some sweat join in with your kiddos and work on this!! I guarantee you will enjoy them for sure.
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Growing up as A MOM- Reasons to climb a Slide.

We went to a mall nearby where they have a small playarea. They had a small slide over there and babyA being small i didn’t think she could climb the slide. When she did everyone gave me a strange look but i loved her spirit and started to film it and enjoyed the spirit in her with pride. Later when I came back home and sat back and analyzed why did I enjoy it, i came up with a list. So now I am going to share why a child should be allowed to climb the slide.
1. A child can climb the slide only when they put in their complete strength and energy. Its a form of being active and a form of exercise. And a person cannot climb to the top just like that. It needs complete determination and energy and self motivation ofcourse.
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2. As i said climbing the top cannot happen without will power and self motivation. To reach the top the child will analyse and find out a way to reach the top. Hence creativity is kindled in the child. The gross motor skills also play a keyrole.
3. A child cannot reach the top in the first attempt so here the kid is able to learn the concepts of failure and success. The kid is able to learn how to accept failures positively and pile up the confidence within to transfer the failures as stepping stones to grab success finally.
4. The child is able to learn how to achieve the goal and what are ways necessary to achieve the goal.
5. The child is able to trust him/her. And also learns how to solve a problem.
These are the ways which i figured out. If you agree with me please do share with us why do you feel its necessary for a child to climb a slide or any other sport or game that looks apparently large for the age!! Do share if you like this article.
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Let’s Plan and work for a productive Living- December Month Goal

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I really don’t like to be organised. In fact you can hear from my family that I am a lazy b(m)um! I don’t really plan things well but being a new mother I really can’t say I don’t plan ahead and work with the flow. Even when I was a lecturer I hated the lesson plan but to survive in the field I had to. And in fact my mom was proud then that I took that much effort. Then planning wasn’t my thing but the moment babyA came into our life I started planning everything as I didn’t want to miss anything to be done in her life which the Almighty had blessed me with. Starting from the breast-crawling till now everything goes as per my research and my plans. Only then I realized how a planned life gives a less chaotic life. Even now my home is messy but we do some productive work as planned the previous night al hamdulilah. From this month i have planned to write up my monthly goals so that i will be able to be a more productive mom for my sweet kiddo in shaa Allah

Being a first time mommy in a nuclear setup handling things all alone though with the support from my husband i felt planning would help me to reduce my stress. So when i plan my day the previous night i feel relaxed and our journey is smooth al hamdulilah. Even alizeh gets a structured input of what she is doing. You might ask whats there of being structured and unstructured at the age of 17 months? People do things based on their capacity and available resources and my motive is to reduce her screentime infact no screentime at all as much as possible. This can happen only when i plan and organize my tasks and complete them as per schedule so that i can concentrate more on her. Planning the schedule previous day helps me accomplish stuffs.

Take steps to be healthy and fit both physically and mentally. Being away from my family back in India and concentrating on babyA all alone myself, I really forget to concentrate on my health and my husband’s health. We both are growing sideways and we have realised we should stop the growth sideways. In shaa allah  will spend atleast 45 minutes for our fitness. In fact babyA and I go for a walk but its a jolly kind rather than an actual fitness walk where i can shed some of my pounds.

Build a strong relationship with the Almighty

I really want to build a strong relationship with the Almighty. In shaa allah my goal is to pray on time as per the ruling and pray with full concentration and be a role model for my daughter in being pure and pious. In shaa allah have plans to read Quran with meaning and read atleast one juz a day. This practice will give my family peace and happiness.

    Now your question will be how you will check if this is done regularly. I have placed a board in my kitchen and i do write my plan on the right hand side and follow if i am working based on my plan. Once the tasks are completed for the day I write them in my diary. In shaa allah will be getting a journal in a short span and will record on them regularly so i can work on it in the near future. This will help me when I am going to homeschool for my daughter in shaa Allah.

Have plans to write my monthly goals on my blog so that it will be productive and can look back to compare if i am going forward or not.

Please do encourage me and if you really wish you can join our journey too by sharing your plan for the month December ! Come let’s begin a well planned fun filled festive December package!

Welcome to the Monthly Goals Blog Hop! Do you plan your month ahead? Have you anything in particular that your looking forward to this month? Is there anything in your life that needs focus? Kids, family, self… what is your motivation?

This blog hop and link up is to help you make new friends and find a partner to stay accountable to. Every month, a group of us get together to write our monthly goals. This helps us stay connected, accountable as well as inspire other moms to know how we do it all.

This month the participating blogs are:

Jeddah Mom – Confident Parenting | Deliberate Motherhood 
Multicultural Motherhood
Alizeh My Soul

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Does my baby need all the toys in the world??

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It’s the month of November and we are going to complete 17 months soon in shaa Allah! Earlier Shopping was a difficult task as we will have to go to a shop research about the product and then analyse if we need them and then buy it but now the scenario is completely different. Sitting in front of a gadget shopping is just a click away ! With the social media mode ON we get lot of choices and we tend to forget if we have that particular product in our home and buy them again?? So this post is about people who z think our babies need to be given the best and buy stuffs without understanding if the child is interested in that particular product or not. In this era, parents feel that they shouldn’t compare and fall in the trap. If a particular mom sees a product even without analysing they get it for their kid.
I am just saying before buying stuffs for the kids please do think if it’s really needed? Not every single product in the market is necessary for our baby.
Before thinking about a product answer these simple questions
1. Is it just a toy? Does it have any value?
2. Is it age appropriate?
3.Is it for me or my child?
4. Is it relating to my child’s interest?
5. Do I have any stuff similar to this kind at home?
6. Will my child really understand the importance of money?
If the answer is satisfying then go for it else we will skip it.
For e.g. One of my friends got a magnatile for her kid from xyz vendor and she got the same product from the another vendor too. So here the product is replica. Is it really necessary for the kiddo?? I don’t think so it’s important. Let’s encourage mompreuners but within our limits too as we need loads of money for the future ventures.
With the Thanks giving offers going on I was tempted to get the indoor slide for my daughter. I even convinced my husband to make the payment as he strongly believes that I won’t spend money in useless stuff but before hitting the Pay NOW button I stopped and asked Is it a luxury one?? Yes it’s a Luxury stuff for sure. If we own the Slide at home then for sure going to park will be a question mark in the future! If we don’t go out how will she make friends? How will she  socialize? So made up our mind to not get it. If a ball pit, slide, swing, etc is accessible at home for them then when and how will they explore nature?
Being a mommy of a One year Old I really feel it’s not necessary to spend in toys. It’s with my experience. We got her rattles and rattles that’s it as that’s the main thing she would like in that age. Anything with music is what they like in that age. I invested in few books too as I  was brought up in that way.
Even too much of books is a kind of pressure i would say. Let kids be taken to the library and let them use the public library for usage of books.
Please don’t fall for the peer mommy pressure and get the stuff for your kid. Analyse and do a research if your kid will be happy with the particular product or learn with it.
A one year old will like to play with empty boxes, bottles, shoes, broom and dustpan than the costly stuffs you get for your kid. When they like to use them allow them so that they will be happy. If you feel it’s wrong use positive statements and chance the habit.
Experience and time is important for the kid than the money you spend on the product. More than indoors take them outdoors and let them enjoy the nature in their own way. Let them get dirty as it’s good. The West is researching and now says Attachment parenting is best, cosleeping is best, carrying the baby is best which our forefathers said years ago. So instead of following the Western culture let’s chin up with pride our own old traditional ways to  make the kids enjoy the nature and get them maximum joy with just minimal toys.
If you feel if I am right share the message happily!! Happy thanksgiving 🙂