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8 Positive Parenting Books you Should Read this Summer

8 Positive Parenting Books you Should Read this Summer Bright from the Start by Jill Stamm Positive Discipline The First 3 Years by Jane Nelson How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen by Joanne Faber & Julie King Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too by […]
By : jailanh | Aug 1, 2017

Routine Chart Tips that Work

  I know a lot of families just started school this last month and things get a little busy in the morning getting everyone out the door on time. Some of you may be feeling overwhelmed or frustrated in the morning because of this and I want to help you with that! Which is why […]
By : jailanh | Oct 19, 2016

Link Pack for Expectant Moms

Over the last 2 years I’ve joined several mommy groups on social media. They’re a great place for moms to share experiences and ask for advice. Recently I’ve noticed similar questions being asked especially by new moms about how to start life with baby. I was inspired by Simone of the Montessori Notebook and decided […]
By : jailanh | Jan 3, 2016

Creating Holiday Family Traditions – Personal Post

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I grew up in Egypt celebrating it every year with my parents, godmother, close family and friends.  One of my favorite holidays growing up I remember it not for the presents and toys but more for the people, food, activities and memories. Whatever holiday or occasion you are […]
By : jailanh | Dec 18, 2015

The Gift of Gratitude

    How do we get our kids to focus more on what they have instead of what they want? There’s so much available in stores, supermarkets and even most homes it can be a challenge at times to help children look beyond their little world of games and toys. Young children tend to be […]
By : jailanh | Dec 18, 2015

OPINION: The Positive Parenting in Baby Led Weaning

This is a new series of Opinion entries which will be different from the research based articles I usually post. When my son turned 6 months like all parent we began looking into how to introduce solid foods to him. Like most people I knew about starting with fruit and vegetable purees and had already […]
By : jailanh | May 2, 2015

Choosing Childcare for your Little One

Choosing a childcare center for your child is a big and exciting step. It can also be a daunting one for a lot of parents as they leave their child for the first time. Whether you’re looking for full-time or part-time care it’s important to start your search early as most daycares have limited space […]
By : jailanh | May 18, 2014

Limit Screen Time By Jane Nelsen of Positive Discipline

I recently gave a new workshop on using media with young children. Naturally I was very happy to get this post from Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen in my email this morning titled Limit Screen Time. The article has some great tips AND apparently a NEW book out on using screens responsibly with young children!  You […]
By : jailanh | Apr 29, 2014

4 Tips to an Enjoyable Day Out with your Toddler

Do you feel like you’re going out less since you had the baby? Going to out to dinner or shopping with your toddler can often feel more like a battle than a relaxing night out. The good news is that with a bit of planning and compromise you can still enjoy nice outings and dinners […]
By : jailanh | Jan 19, 2014

Supporting the Shy Child

Children have individual and unique temperaments which are apparent from birth. Some children are fussy while others are calm. Some hate new situations while others don’t mind being the center of attention. Each child is different and no matter how difficult you may think your child is sometimes he is special and has qualities that […]
By : jailanh | Jan 4, 2014

Thumb Sucking and Young Children

It is quite normal for most young children suck their thumb or use a pacifier. But when is it too much and how can we help our kids to stop this habit? When does thumb-sucking start and stop? Sucking is a normal reflex for young children. At 10 weeks your baby has already begun thumb […]
By : jailanh | Dec 15, 2013

Learning through Play with Preschoolers

Between 2-4 years your child is experiencing many developmental changes and his play is becoming more complex.  You’ll notice your two year old start engaging in pretend play. As your child approaches 3 he’ll enjoy more playing with other kids. Their play begins becoming more complex and they start making up stories and rules for […]
By : jailanh | Oct 30, 2013

Learning through Play with Toddlers

By the age of one your child is developing a lot of new skills. He’s starting to say his first words and by the age of two will be forming short sentences. He’s taking his first steps and is more mobile. He can now reach for things on his own, jump and run. Naturally these […]
By : jailanh | Oct 16, 2013

Learning through Play with Babies

This month we’ll be exploring a series on playing and learning with young children. You may be wondering what play has to do with learning. Can a baby even learn? YES! Children start learning from the moment they are born. It’s not just about learning letters and number. It’s about understanding how things work and […]
By : jailanh | Sep 29, 2013

Myths & Facts of Child Abuse

I have many conversations with parents about the prevalence of child abuse. It can be one of the hardest things a parent has to think about or deal with. There are many misconceptions about the prevalence of child abuse. This is a very sensitive topic and as a parent you don’t want to think about […]
By : jailanh | Jun 25, 2013

Staying in Touch with your Child while you’re Away

We usually think about a traditional family as mom and dad coming home to their kids at the end of the day. But what if one parent has to travel a lot for work and is away for days, weeks or even months at a time? How can you stay connected to your child during […]
By : jailanh | May 21, 2013

Developing Young Children’s Emotional Security

Developing young children’s emotional security is a process that starts at birth. Even before we think they can realize their surroundings or have an opinion, babies are already learning about what they can expect from the world from the experiences they have. Babies learn to feel either secure or insecure in the world based on […]
By : jailanh | Feb 18, 2013

Stuttering in Young Children

A couple of months ago one of the blog’s reader’s emailed me with a question about stuttering. I thought this article could help other parents and families with the same questions about stuttering in young children. Have you noticed lately that your child is having speech problems and starting to stutter? This can be a […]
By : jailanh | Jan 12, 2013

Raising Toddler Twins

Having kids is a wonderful experience. It can also be quite exhaustive, especially if you are dealing with twins! Twins usually require much more attention and energy than regular siblings. This is normal since you’re dealing with two children of the same age at the same time. That can be a handful sometimes!  When you […]
By : jailanh | Dec 26, 2012

WATCH: Oprah show on Child Sexual Abuse

While this is not the blog’s norm I’m sharing this video because hearing a personal story can help you hear the message as a parent more clearly than reading a distant statistic. This Oprah Show episode is quite graphic as victims of sexual abuse give their personal accounts of being abused sexually as children. Keep […]
By : jailanh | Dec 7, 2012

Talking to Young Children about their Bodies

As a parent, sex education is a conversation that you’d most likely try to avoid. If you’re a parent of a toddler or preschooler you may think that you can avoid this talk for at least a few years. This is not exactly true. Sex education can start at any age and at the pace […]
By : jailanh | Nov 20, 2012

When Young Children Start Using Bad Language

This article was featured in Arabic on Supermama Every parent knows that kids have a tendency to say the strangest things at the most inappropriate times. But what happens when your child picks up on some bad language? Young children can be exposed to inappropriate language from several sources; an older sibling, TV or even […]
By : jailanh | Oct 5, 2012

Why Spanking Doesn’t Work

This article was featured in Arabic on Supermama                  You may be very familiar with this situation; your child is doing something you explicitly told him not to yet again! It seems that communication and negotiation just don’t seem to work with your child. The solution? you resort […]
By : jailanh | Sep 28, 2012

How you say things matters

One of the points I’ve found parents have trouble dealing with is how to talk to their children while disciplining them. Should they be calm or loud? Should they tell their child or ask?  Through my experience with kids and their parents I’ve found that how you talk to your child can make a world of difference. Positive parenting techniques […]
By : jailanh | Sep 13, 2012

Using “Time-out” Positively

Using time-out has become a regular disciplinary method that most parents use, but is it really effective? How many times have you put your child in time-out for misbehaving only to have him do the same thing you told him not to after he’s done with time-out? Who hasn’t struggled with making a toddler stay in […]
By : jailanh | Aug 15, 2012

Everyday Tips for Positive Discipline

  This article is available for free in Arabic  on Supermama Around the time your baby becomes mobile, discipline issues start becoming a daily concern. Parents find themselves correcting and punishing their child more often to keep him safe, clean or stop him from destroying something. Most of us find ourselves suddenly saying “No” much more often […]
By : jailanh | Aug 14, 2012

Redirecting your Child to Acceptable Behavior

Children’s misbehavior is often unintentional or has a reason behind it. A child’s natural way of learning is exploring. Everything is new for them and the one way they can figure things out is by trying. Children get a lot of feedback on their behavior by how we (adults) react. If something gets minimal attention […]
By : jailanh | Aug 10, 2012

Dealing with Bedtime Struggles

Bedtime struggles are a common problem with toddlers and preschoolers. It can be exhausting and frustrating when your child refuses to go to bed at the end of a long day. The good news is that there is usually a solution. The key is figuring out what the problem is and why your child is […]
By : jailanh | Jul 11, 2012

5 Reasons Children Misbehave and What You Can Do

Every parent reaches their wits end when dealing with children’s misbehavior. Just remember that your child isn’t “out to get you”, there are often very explainable and preventable reasons for misbehavior. The most common reasons for misbehavior are: 1. Your child’s basic needs aren’t being met, he is tired, cranky or hungry which makes all […]
By : jailanh | Jul 1, 2012

Who says painting has to be with paint and a brush?

I just discovered this really cool site – – which has tons of activities for preschoolers and older kids. I love that they have the activities categorized by topic and age so you can find developmentally appropriate activities easily and you don’t end up doing something that’s too challenging for your child’s age. Kids […]
By : jailanh | May 9, 2012

Fun Play Ideas for your Baby

Here is a list of fun ideas you can do with your baby with materials that are around the house or are easily accessible Material Box This fun activity from The Imagination Tree is great for your baby’s fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination and sensory skills.Check out more Baby Play ideas on their site. Mirrors Also featured […]
By : jailanh | Apr 26, 2012

Understanding your Child: Impulse Control

My second article in the Positive Parenting series I am writing for SuperMama. You can find it on their website in English and Arabic As part of taking a positive approach towards parenting we previously discussed understanding your toddlers’ temperament. In this article, we follow the same approach and why try to understand our toddler’s impulse control; in other words, why toddlers […]
By : jailanh | Apr 26, 2012

Understanding your Child’s Temperament

The first article in the Positive Parenting series I am writing for SuperMama.  Click for the English and Arabic versions of the article. Ask any parent and they’ll tell you the joys of being a parent are priceless. Still, parenting is one of the toughest jobs out there. Understanding your child’s behavior can help make everyday situations […]
By : jailanh | Apr 2, 2012

Peaceful Diaper Changing

Is diaper changing a nightmare? Does your baby kick and scream? These are a few suggestions that I’ve found very helpful with diaper changing. Tell your child that you are going to change his diaper now instead of swooping him up 🙂 This gives your child a chance to figure out what’s happening. Especially around […]
By : jailanh | Mar 3, 2012

Your Baby and Crying

I’m currently reading Dr. Penelope Leach‘s book on child raising called “Your Baby and Child“ which covers ages birth to 5 years. So far it’s an amazing read and I recommend it to parents, especially first time parents. The book gives detailed and practical advice on handling your newborn, toddler and preschooler. What I like […]
By : jailanh | Feb 25, 2012

Listening to your Child

How many parents have thought about taking a moment and listening to their child? If you have, how often have you actually gotten down to your child’s level and listened to his thoughts and ideas? It can be difficult for parents to find the time and energy to listen to young children, especially in times […]
By : jailanh | Jan 6, 2012

Positive Parenting Resolution

It’s a start of a new year! Why not start off with a positive parenting resolution? positive discipline parenting is a great way to deal with your child on a daily basis and handle conflict and difficult situations while keeping your cool and supporting your child’s independence and development. Dr. Jane Nelson, author of the […]
By : jailanh | Dec 30, 2011

Raising a Secure Child

Bonding with your baby can help you form a secure attachment that will last a life time. Attachment is a deep bond that is formed between the baby and his caregiver in the early years. This attachment can greatly affect your child’s physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. Babies who form a secure bond with […]
By : jailanh | Dec 30, 2011

Your Child’s Many Intelligences

Every parent knows that their child is unique and different. Children differ in their development (early/late bloomers), abilities and strengths( some are great at ball games and others fine-motor activities like drawing) and interests (animals, vehicles, painting, etc..).  Children also have their unique way of learning. In 1983, Howard Gardner proposed the Theory of Multiple […]
By : jailanh | Dec 13, 2011

Getting in Touch with Nature

I remember reading “Koko’s kitten” as a child and being absolutely amazed! A gorilla communicating with people! For those who don’t know Koko is a 38 year-old lowland gorilla who learned to speak American Sign Language when she was just a baby. Her teacher, Dr. Penny Patterson, began working with Koko as a Ph.D. project at […]
By : jailanh | Nov 12, 2011

Choosing Books: From newborns to preschoolers

The joy of reading is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. Letting your imagination go as you read through the words is an amazing feeling. Get your child into reading early on. You can start introducing books at a very early age, as young as 3 month. Here are some tips […]
By : jailanh | Nov 3, 2011

Empathy and Mirror Neurons

Amazing video on how Mirror Neurons are such an important aspect in our life and development.  From babies modeling their parents, a toddler learning from observation, how it teaches us empathy and how we can spread that empathy to the world. The results of genetic studies that have proven that the 6.8 billion inhabitants of the […]
By : jailanh | Oct 25, 2011

Communicating with your Child

This article was featured in Mother&Child in English and Arabic One of the things I’m most passionate about is helping parents communicate with their child. I realize it can be frustrating sometimes when you say things over and over again and your child ” just doesn’t listen!”. Your child is listening, his brain at this stage just works differently than […]
By : jailanh | Oct 20, 2011

Speech and Language in your Baby’s First Year

This article was featured in Mother and Child magazine in English and Arabic It’s an amazing discovery that babies’ language development starts in utero ! Although your baby isn’t saying much (in terms we can understand!) during her first year, her speech and language development has already started! Researchers have discovered that babies as young as 2 days […]
By : jailanh | Oct 13, 2011

Having Fun with your Newborn

I know a lot of parents wonder how to “play” with their baby. Most parents are mainly concerned with getting the feeding, sleeping and changing routine down and making sure their baby is happy. I hear a lot of parents say “Oh i can’t wait till she’s a little bit older so I can play […]
By : jailanh | Sep 25, 2011

Preparing your Toddler for the Baby!

Congratulations! You’ve just received wonderful news that you’re going to be parents…again! Having a new baby is an exciting and wonderful time, how can you prepare your toddler to share this amazing event? First, you have to start way before baby is born. Try to avoid having your toddler feel that any significant changes in her […]
By : jailanh | Sep 15, 2011

Conscious Parenting

Wonderful speech by Gonan Premfors on the parent-child relationship. She highlights what your child needs, how to be a conscious parent and the importance of letting go of our strict scheduling. A journey to discovering your child. Follow her team and blog. [youtube=!]
By : jailanh | Sep 12, 2011

New Findings On Autism

Autism is a neural disorder that is characterized by impaired social skills and communication. It is a part of a broader condition Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which also includes Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 110 children born today is autistic. In August […]
By : jailanh | Sep 5, 2011

Dealing with Temper Tantrums

This article was featured in Mother and Child magazine in English and Arabic Almost every parent has been in this situation: you’re at the supermarket or a public place and your toddler or 3 year old is screaming and kicking on the floor! You’re wondering what happened and how do I handle this?? Most parents […]
By : jailanh | Aug 17, 2011

Recycling Fun

Recycling isn’t just about separating your garbage or exchanging your plastic bottles for a few cents. Recycling can be fun and creative for both adults and children! Artists and designers  have created some incredible pieces of work using recycled material. You can also introduce your child to the fun aspects of recycling by turning an everyday item into […]
By : jailanh | Aug 12, 2011

Your Parenting Style Matters

This article was featured on SuperMama Parents have different parenting styles, some are strict, others are easy going and some seem like they just let their kids run wild. Which of these ways is the “right” one? Well, to help you decide you have to think about what fits you as a parent, as a […]
By : jailanh | Aug 7, 2011

Is TV OK for Young Children?

This article was featured on Mother & Child Magazine in English and Arabic Every parent has been in this position where you are tired, hungry, just came home from work and need to shower, make dinner or just take a break! Problem: Your baby is asking for entertainment. Solution: the TV! A little amount of TV never […]
By : jailanh | Jul 25, 2011


It’s never too early to start painting with your child. I’ve done painting activities with children as young as 9 months old! I’m sure even younger babies would also enjoy it. Painting is of course a form of expression and creativity, for young children it’s a wonderful learning experience where they get to explore so […]
By : jailanh | Jul 22, 2011

The Marshmallow Test

The Stanford Marshmallow Test was conducted in 1972 by psychologist Walter Mischel of Standford University. The purpose of the experiment was to study when the control of deferred gratification, the ability to wait in order to obtain something that one wants, develops in children. Each child was placed in a room with no distractions with just a table, […]
By : jailanh | Jul 17, 2011

Hello Parents!

I’m starting this blog to help give you (parents) fun tips and ideas for activities that you can do with your little ones!
By : jailanh | Jul 17, 2011