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8 Ways to Handle a Summer Ramadan with Kids

Jun 20, 2016 by

8 Ways to Handle a Summer Ramadan with Kids

By Samana Siddiqui

While many parents welcome the more relaxed Ramadan schedule summer affords, they also fret about how to keep kids entertained amid free hours and their own flagging energy.  Schlepping bored children from one activity to after another while you’re exhausted from the heat and your fast is neither necessary nor spiritually healthy. Here are some ways to balance fasting and parenting in the heat this Ramadan.

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School's Out! Summer Activities

May 26, 2016 by

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Now that school's out…


Alhamdulillah, the Greater Cincinnati area has much to offer families for little to no cost. From hiking at Mt. Airy Forest to enjoying the Florence/Boone County Skate Park, touring the Mariemont Carillon Bell Tower, and free movies and bowling at various locations, you and your family can enjoy a fun and wholesome summer together. Check out the following links to find a multitude of fun summer activities:

Outdoor and Recreation Activities in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky 

Family-Friendly Fun for Cheap

50 Free and Cheap Things to Do in Cinncinnati This Summer


What about those rainy days?

"The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold wet day." Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

There's no need to mope around, or let a psychotic cat rampage through your house. Check out this link, 50 Indoor Activities for Kids for bunches of fun activity ideas. 


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Kids Who Care

May 04, 2016 by

As Muslims, we are taught that we should be examples of kindness and compassion in our families and communities, and to give in whatever ways we can. How do we raise our children into adults who fulfill their potential for compassionate citizenry? Paul Rogat Loab explains in his article, "Kids Who Care" in Parent Magazine.


Kids Who Care

Socially active children are not only more likely to become compassionate citizens but also to excel in school, avoid drugs and alcohol, and be creative problem solvers. Here are easy but effective ways to inspire your whole family to help others.

By Paul Rogat Loeb from Parents Magazine

Gazing out of an airplane window over Washington State, 5-year-old Adam Werbach was awestruck by the lush green carpet of the Northwest forest -- so different from his home in Tarzana, California. But then he noticed bare patches in the forest that looked like giant footprints. When he asked his parents if a monster had created them, they explained that the huge brown areas were timber clear-cuts made by big logging companies.

Three years later, his parents showed him a petition they had received in the mail from the Sierra Club. It asked for the resignation of then-President Reagan's secretary of the interior, James Watt, who had frequently belittled environmental issues. Reminded of the clear-cuts he'd seen on the plane, Adam brought the petition to his second-grade class and then went door-to-door with it in his neighborhood. Within a week, he'd gathered 500 signatures -- and Watt did eventually resign.

Encouraged by this early success, Adam formed an environmental club at his middle school and then a national network of concerned teenagers when he was in high school. In 1996, at age 23, he became the Sierra Club's youngest-ever national president.

Although Adam Werbach followed an exceptional path, America's future depends on our raising children who will become "soulful citizens," with the skills, confidence, and commitment to make a difference in the world. For the past 30 years, I've studied why young people do or don't concern themselves with big issues such as homelessness, the environment, and quality education. Most of the time, kids learn to care when the entire family is involved. Children don't always do what you say, but it's amazing how faithfully they'll do what you do.



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Connecting with Our Kids

Apr 13, 2016 by

Our lives are busy at all stages of our children's lives, so getting past shoving food into their mouths, cleaning them up, and making sure they're doing well in school, it can be hard to find time to really connect with our children. However, studies indicate that finding opportunities to really get to know our children is vital to their healthy development. Check out this article from Sound Vision for more information on this topic.


By Samana Siddiqui

Feeling rushed is a part of everyday life for today’s parents in the United States. Among those with children under the age of 18, 40 percent of working mothers and 34 percent of working fathers say they always feel rushed.

As well, many parents wonder whether they are spending the right amount of time with their children. Overall, 33 percent of parents with children under age the age of 18 say they are not spending enough time with their children.

For American Muslims, the lack of time has effects not just on an individual or family basis, but for the entire community. This is especially true given the level of Islamophobia young Muslims face in school and other venues.


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What Is Assessment?

Apr 06, 2016 by

When we hear the word "assessment," many of us may not know what that means. Some will understand that it can mean "testing" and the Stanford Achievement Test or other standardized test will come to mind. In reality, good teaching includes a variety of assessments. Read the following article from to find out more. 

How Should We Measure Student Learning? 5 Keys to Comprehensive Assessment

Stanford professor Linda Darling-Hammond shares how using well-crafted formative and performance assessments, setting meaningful goals, and giving students ownership over the process can powerfully affect teaching and learning. 

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