Introducing Solids to Your Infant

By Shaista Tariq      

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Infant nutrition means making sure your baby is getting enough nutrients during her first year. Feeding your baby is one of the most important things you do as a parent. Making sure your baby has good nutrition can protect her against diseases. It also helps her stay healthy as she grows older.

Breast milk or infant formula are the only nourishment needed by most healthy babies until they are 4-6 months old. Cow’s milk or other dairy products should not be given until at least one year of age. Your baby’s kidneys cannot handle the high protein and mineral content well until that age.

Daily servings of milk for an infant diet are as follows: 0-3 months: 18-32 ounces/2-4 cups 4-6 months: 28-40 ounces/3.5-5 cups 7-9 months: 24-36 ounces/3-4.5 cups 10-12 months: 18-30 ounces/2-3.75 cups (more…)

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MOOC’s For Moms: e-Learning Opportunities

By Aaisha Zafar Islam

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Image source: Coursera


2012 was declared as the Year of the MOOC’s by New York Times. Pronounced ‘mook’, and short for Massive Open Online Courses, leading platforms for MOOC’s today include Coursera, edX and Udacity. The term was coined in 2008, by Dave Cormier at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada and Bryan Alexander, then Senior Research Fellow at National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education. (more…)

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How To Potty Train Your Toddler

by Iman Khan

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Training your toddler to use the toilet can be a daunting and intimidating chore for most inexperienced mothers. But with the right mindset and attitude, your anxiety and misgivings can be put to ease, and this duration can actually prove to be a valuable bonding time between you and your child.

What is the best time to start?

Like most child-related breakthroughs, the ideal time to start your son or daughter on the potty, varies greatly from one little one to the other. As a caregiver, the onus is on you to determine your child’s physiological readiness, bladder control, his/her comprehension skills and ability to follow instructions.

It is not advisable to force your child into the issue; instead let them guide you to when they are ready!


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Are Smartphones More Interesting Than Kids?

By Sadaf Afshan


Status updates can wait. This parenting article can be read later. It’s not important to take a dozen photos of our kids every day or comment on every photo that our friends post. As Moms the only thing that holds precedence is to nurture and cherish each moment of our children’s growing years.

How often have we been guilty of saying, ‘Let me finish this’ while they are all excited to tell us about what they did at school?  As we continue to read about all those wonderful tips on how to raise a happy kid on our smartphones, the poor kids turn away disappointed and slump in front of the TV or tablet.

While our children squeal with glee at the playground we are busy glued to our screens instead of cherishing that moment of togetherness. In some families, even mealtimes, which are said to be the most important time for bonding as a family, are not free from distractions presented by cellphones.


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Reflections On Mother’s Day

By Aruj Sipra

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“An ounce of Mother is worth a pound of Clergy.”  (Spanish proverb)

When I read this quotation I wondered what made the writer compare mothers to priests? Then I closed my eyes and started to contemplate an intense hardship that a woman suffers in the pregnancy, delivery, nursing and rearing of her child – A complete role for a task in hand that none other can perform more selflessly than a mother. It is this character that I believe must have influenced the writer and helped him envisage the importance of a mother in a role that is much bigger and more sacred than the role of a saint. Whatever urged the writer to say this beautiful quote, it was extremely apt. (more…)

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How To Connect With Your Teenager

By Somaira Arshad

Parenting Teens
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Lack of communication and over-parenting – these are two major issues that teens mostly complain about. Seemingly opposite, these two are actually different sides to the same coin. It is the absence of a meaningful relationship between parent and child that leads to an over-protective parenting style.

Granting personal space, showing respect for individual freedom and keeping their expectations real in academic and social realms – that’s what teens want from their parents.

Respect for elders, abstaining from drugs and/or alcohol and sexual promiscuity, better academic performance and abiding by social and religious norms – that is what parents expect from their children. (more…)

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The Costco Experience

By Muneezah Jawad

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Image credit: 123RF Stock Photos

Costco is a membership warehouse club with locations throughout the world.  It has merchandise ranging from snow blowers to pet food. All your needs are under one roof. I think its best described as a shopper’s paradise and every husband’s nightmare.

Many a brave man has walked into the store to leave huffing and puffing with a truck load of things, a smug, smiling wife and a much lighter wallet!

The irony is that Costco requires you to purchase an annual membership to actually spend your money there. Membership options vary from province to province ranging from $55-$150, with varying tiers to choose from. You can sign up in store at customer service desk or online at Entrance to the main shopping area is allowed only with a membership card. (more…)

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Healthy Habits For Pregnant Muslimahs

By Dr. Madiha Masood


Dear Sisters, motherhood is a priceless experience as it brings unlimited joy with it. In the beginning, going through pregnancy seems difficult but healthy habits during pregnancy help in managing it well. Here we are going to discover various ways to get through this apparently difficult situation: (more…)

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Moms Going Back To School

By Nabeela Ahsan 


Back to School

Going back to school is not for the faint of heart. For many of us originating from South Asian countries and having seen the rigorous pressures of schooling back home, education in Canada is a treat. The sheer choice of courses and the resources available are simply stupendous. I am a strong advocate for women empowering themselves through education and breaking the rigid stereotypes that limit our potential.

You may opt to return to educational programs for pleasure or for economic development. Not many are able or inclined to study for the sheer pleasure of it. Usually adult or mature students are looking for training to gain entry in a professional field or to enhance career possibilities. (more…)

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Spring Clean Your Make Up Bags

by Aaisha Zafar Islam

Make Up & Beauty


A survey conducted last year revealed that British women kept, and in most cases used their old make up for a good six years after it had expired. Beauty products, like all things, have a best before time. However women are more likely to not bother with spring cleaning their make up stashes, thereby increasing risks of infections and adverse reactions to their make up. It’s not the make up ladies, it would be better if you keep an eye on when you got your beauty supplies and how long you have been using them.

Here is a quick guide on the shelf life of a beauty product. As long as their seals are intact, they are new and can last forever. But the moment you open the seal and start using them, the ticker starts on their best-by dates. (more…)

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