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Moveable Feast – Travel Snacks and Ideas for Kids

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Moveable Feast – Travel Snacks and Ideas for Kids

Summer has arrived in the UAE and it won’t be long before many families begin travel to cooler grounds.  Travelling with children comes with many challenges, especially if you are trying to maintain a healthy and wholesome diet and have certain foods that you don’t eat. Travel is incredibly important …

Distressed to De-Stressed – Stress Management Techniques

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Distressed to De-Stressed – Stress Management Techniques

 
A few months ago, while having dinner with friends,I was venting about how stressful it was to be an expectant parent (don’t judge me – I had spent the first hour talking about how awesome it was). And then one of my friends said that one word that all Type-A …

Fishy Business – Safe and Unsafe Fish to Consume While Pregnant or Breastfeeding

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Fish has a lot of nutrients that are very beneficial for you and your baby. Fish is a great source of protein, healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids all of which have innumerable health benefits. You should definitely plan to regularly include fish in your pregnancy diet, as the benefits …

Food Wars – 10 Tactics to Win Over Your Fussy Eater

Food Wars – 10 Tactics to Win Over Your Fussy Eater

Does your child’s meal-time always feel like war-time? Is your dinner table a battle ground strewn with headless boiled cauliflower amid the red run-off from steamed beets? Does your young one always emerge victorious? Do you suffer from PTSD?

Kids are notorious for becoming fussy eaters around the time of their …

Sleep Solution Primer

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Ever wondered where the phrase “sleep like a baby” came from? I am fairly certain it wasn’t a parent who coined that phrase.
Sleep training children is a notoriously arduous task. To make matters worse, a lot of sleep literature for children offers contradictory viewpoints confusing parents even more as …

Avoiding Birthday Party Disasters

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Kids’ birthday parties are one of the things that parents look forward to, and dread the most. With all of the running around to make sure everyone has food, is having fun, and to make sure everything is going smoothly, it’s easy to miss out on all the best moments.
If …

Breastfeeding in Public

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Breastfeeding in Public

“I’m new to the UAE, and expecting a baby.  I was wondering what the rules are about breastfeeding in public.  Is it allowed?”
As a member of an online breastfeeding support group, I often see messages like the one above. The great news is that both Islam and UAE society …

Your Child is a Bully. What Should You Do?

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Your Child is a Bully. What Should You Do?

It is always shocking when parents find out that their child is misbehaving, partly because parents are convinced that they are fully aware of their child’s actions, and partly because parents are the ones responsible for teaching their children how to behave properly. However, before finding out that your child …

Bringing Birth Choices to the GCC: An Arab Midwife’s Perspective

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Pregnancy and birth are two of the most life changing experiences in a woman’s life.
Being trained as an Arab nurse midwife in the United States, and coming to practice in the Arab Gulf States, has given me the rare opportunity to experience both the traditional Eastern and modern Western perspectives. …

Bubble Wubble – A Spelling Edugame

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Can you spell words under pressure? Bubble Wubble is a fun-filled spelling App especially designed for children and young adults. It is a great learning aid to improve word recognition, spelling ability and vocabulary in children and young adults. It is a social game, so your children can compare scores …

Of Early Childhood Education

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An insightful interview with Asma Maladwala, co-owner and director of Inspire Children’s Nursery in Dubai, about the importance of early childhood education. Asma, a teacher at heart and by profession and has spent most of her career in the classroom. Asma has extensive experience working with children – from early childhood through adolescence, …

Common Questions About Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding.  We’ve been doing it for thousands of years, if not more. We have a strong biological instinct to nourish and nurture our babies this way. But as we look ahead to the birth of our first baby, we may have questions; we’ve never done this before, and neither has …

Book Review – Fox In Socks By Dr Seuss

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This classic Dr. Suess book is anything but dull. Some children’s books can be slightly boring for adults, but I assure you this book does not fall under that category. In fact it comes with a very apt warning label “take it slowly. This book is dangerous”. And ends with …

Health Account: Nutrition Guidelines While Pregnant and Breastfeeding

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The importance of good nutrition is, perhaps, most crucial during pregnancy and after birth, to help sustain your energy and keep you and your baby healthy.
While you are pregnant, your baby requires many nutrients that he/she will receive from your placenta. Most of these nutrients are taken from the mother’s …

Party Planning: Birthday Party Snacks For Kids

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We all know that first birthday parties are hard to plan. Chances are, photos are the only way that your baby will know it ever happened, and yet it is such a milestone – a time to introduce new traditions. Your main guests will be adults for this one, but …

Bright Beginnings: The Benefits Of Early Reading

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Bright Beginnings: The Benefits Of Early Reading

“The more that you read, the more  things you will know. The  more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr Suess
You must have heard that reading to children is pivotal for their cognitive development. You may, however, wonder what the benefits of reading to infants and toddlers are, …

Saima’s Blog: My Most Maddening Motherhood Moments

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Saima’s Blog: My Most Maddening Motherhood Moments

We all adore our kids and love them endlessly. However, I am sure most of you will agree, sometimes parenthood is fraught with crazed, maddening moments. After recently being asked by numerous friends, who are either new or expectant parents, about the challenges of parenthood I was inspired to compile …

Don’t Panic, It’s Normal: 5 Common Breastfeeding Surprises

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Don’t Panic, It’s Normal: 5 Common Breastfeeding Surprises

Every mother and baby has a unique breastfeeding relationship. Babies and mothers have their own preferred positions, places, and habits while breastfeeding, and after the crazy first few weeks they find their groove and settle into a rhythm.
Occasionally, something may happen which seems to upset this rhythm. Often these “blips” …

10 Things You Won’t Hear About Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is meant to be a joyous and magical time. It is time when every woman is meant to feel elated, blissful and beautiful. But let’s get real – between the bouts of morning sickness, ankles swelling, weight gain, and mood swings, pregnancy is not all that it is advertised …

Ready Set Talk: Speech and Language Milestones

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For many parents, few moments are as eagerly anticipated and memorable as seeing their babies return that long awaited smile or hearing  them utter their first word.
The development of speech and language skills is a truly remarkable feat. Babies are learning how to communicate from the moment they are …

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