Community Building, Family, Parenting

Fighting Urban Loneliness, One Day at a Time

When I sprained my ankle back in 2008, I started feeling quite lonely even while standing in a crowd.  It was because the teaming mass of people was buzzing by me, unaware of my struggle opening a difficult door while juggling my bag and my crutches (more on that here).  There is one particular moment… Read More Fighting Urban Loneliness, One Day at a Time

Family, Parenting

Parenting Is Hard, So Why Would You Do It?

A friend of mine recently asked me a great question that stayed with me for a long time afterwards.  She and I were chit-chatting away while watching over my little one.  As all parents know, I had to keep an eye and an ear on her, and our conversation was sprinkled with side-conversations with my… Read More Parenting Is Hard, So Why Would You Do It?

Book Review, Family, Non Fiction, Parenting, Parenting, Parenting resources, Review

Four Great Books for Parents’ First Years with Baby

It might seem like there is no time to read when you are a new parent.  Well, while there definitely is a lot less time to read, it’s still possible to do so, especially during the first few months, when breastfeeding takes up so much of your time.  For the first time in my life,… Read More Four Great Books for Parents’ First Years with Baby

Family, Parenting, Parenting resources

Four Great Websites for Parents’ First Years with Baby

One of the benefits of being a parent in the age of the internet is that there is so much information available to help us through it all. Then again, sometimes, there is too much information out there, and it can get so incredibly difficult to navigate it all, especially when sleep-deprived and poop-obsessed (seriously,… Read More Four Great Websites for Parents’ First Years with Baby

Family, Parenting

Human Rights For Everyone—Including Our Babies

I think we can all agree that babies are human beings just like we are—albeit with quite a few developmental accomplishments ahead of them.  However, I find that we have a hard time putting this concept into practice.  Actually, to be blunt: it is amazing to me how disrespectful we are of our little one’s… Read More Human Rights For Everyone—Including Our Babies

Family, Parenting

The Life of a Parent: Gaining Insight into a Different Kind of Love

The way I understand the Bahá’í Writing, we are created in the image of God, and we can understand Him better by working on the various aspects of our spiritual selves.  I also understand that we are told that one of the main purposes of marriage is to have children. It makes sense to me… Read More The Life of a Parent: Gaining Insight into a Different Kind of Love

Family, Parenting

Learning To ‘Be’ From The Cradle Up: On The Desire To Constantly Entertain My Baby

One of the elements that I have come to understand as essential to one’s personal growth—mental, spiritual, and emotional—is the ability to sit quietly and just be.  Of course nowadays, there is always something (or rather, a bunch of things!) that is clamouring for our attention, and so we are often left without a second… Read More Learning To ‘Be’ From The Cradle Up: On The Desire To Constantly Entertain My Baby

Family, Parenting

Honouring Our Parents By Parenting Our Children

It feels like whatever I do, I can never repay my parents for everything they have done for me.  And since I got married, I feel like whatever my husband and I do, we can never repay our parents for everything they have done for us as individuals and as a couple. And—not to sound… Read More Honouring Our Parents By Parenting Our Children

Family, Parenting

Excellence And Detachment In Parenting: Reaching That Tough Sweet Spot

There are many reasons why people have kids.  Some of these reasons are downright amazing, some of them are just absolutely terrible, and most of them lie somewhere in between these two extremes.  Some of my friends have done it because it’s just the next logical step in their lives.  Some of them did it… Read More Excellence And Detachment In Parenting: Reaching That Tough Sweet Spot

Family, Marriage, Parenting

Parenting and Marital Happiness: Not Mutually Exclusive

I am a bit of a nerd, just in case you haven’t noticed yet.  I love reading studies and reflecting on the implications of the results found.  However, I also can be quite harsh when it comes to studies that demonstrate a combination of laxity in their data analysis and over-confidence in their interpretation.  I… Read More Parenting and Marital Happiness: Not Mutually Exclusive