Back to School

imagesBack to school is here! Books, uniforms, bags, shoes and so much more… Mumz how are the preparations going?

It takes a lot of preparation at the beginning of the school year. For parents whose children will be joining school for the first time; it is going to be a real challenging period. Begin to talk to your child about school and how much fun it would be. Show pictures and videos of children engaged in activities at school. Take your child to the new premises so that he/she may get acquainted with the environment. But most of all prepare yourself to tackle the morning drop off time and the new routine.

I hope it would be a great start for all Mumz and kiddos.

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Sparkles Online School

Sparkles Online School

Sparkles Online School

Welcome to Sparkles Online School. We are proud to announce the beginning of our online school.

Sparkles Online School is an online resource created with the aim of supporting teaching and learning at primary school level. Our aim is to empower teachers and students alike. Our videos present concepts that would make learning in core subjects enjoyable.

Videos are available in English and Urdu language. We have covered various concepts in Mathematics, Science and English. Art videos will be added shortly. We shall be adding videos to creative mumz

We hope you will enjoy watching and learning!

Exclusive Launch & Book Signing Event of the novel, I Know Who You Are! at Karachi International Book Fair 2009

Liberty Books presents the

Exclusive Launch & Book Signing Event of the novel,

I Know Who You Are! by Pakistani twin authors, Mariam and Fatima Masood,

during the Karachi International Book Fair 2009.

Be at the Karachi Expo Center, Activity Area, Hall 1

on Sunday, 13th December 2009 between 1:00 -1:45 pm in the afternoon.

http://www.iknowwhoyouare-thebook.com/

Time For Homework…

Do you get worried when its time for your kid’s homework?!

Homework seems to take up a lot of family time esp. keeps the mum on her toes. I am sure all of you must have derived some sort of homework tacking strategies. Here are some simple rules.

  • Set up a schedule that will allow the child little breaks, and still get the work done. 
  • Specify a place for your kid to do homework on a daily basis. This will help him/her to realize what is expected of them. Guide them to organize their work place too for smooth study time.
  • A good idea is to have the computer near the homework station, in case needed for research work. 
  • Place a dictionary, atlas, thesaurus and other reference books in that area too.
  • Organize pens, pencils, paper and other supplies so that time is not wasted in hunting for those items all around the house.
  • Appreciate when the child is showing interest and working towards finishing the task.
  • Some children need a push. Talk and explain why homework is important and how a good attitude can do wonders in completing work. Motivation is the key but it will take a lot of time and effort to get the ‘work avoiders’ to get serious. Don’t lose hope, keep trying!
  • Once work is completed, it should all be placed back in folders and backpacks. This will help avoid the trouble faced when projects are forgotten at home. 
  • Backpacks must be placed at easy access points in the house preferably close to the main door so that they are picked up quickly the next morning.

HAPPY HOMEWORKING! as my 3 year old says when he sees his older brother at the desk. 🙂

SCHOOLS IN DUBAI

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There is a lot of choice when it comes to schools in Dubai. Here is a list of schools you may consider when deciding where to send you kids. To facilitate us the KHDA has provided us with an evaluation of schools too. Please see post regarding evaluation of Dubai schools. Best of luck!


AL AMEEN PRIVATE SCHOOL 

PO Box: 94550 Dubai
Tel: 04 267 7100
Fax: 04 267 7300

Al Ghusais 

AL ANDALUS PRIVATE SCHOOL 

American Curriculum
KG – Secondary
PO Box: 87727 Dubai
Tel: 04 298 8666
Fax: 04 298 7666
Al Ghusais

AL ANWAR PRIVATE SCHOOL 

Arabic Curriculum
KG – Grade 9
PO Box: 10558 Dubai
Tel: 04 272 9360, 273 2502
Fax: 04 272 9771


AL DIYAFAH HIGH SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 24023 Dubai
Tel: 04 267 1115
Fax: 04 267 1337


AL FAROOQ PAKISTANI ISLAMIC SCHOOL 

Pakistani Curriculum
KG – Grade 10
PO Box: 19496 Dubai
Tel: 04 264 3848
Fax: 04 264 2905

AL ITTIHAD PRIVATE SCHOOLS 

American, Arabic Curriculum 
KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 5126/37090 Dubai
Tel: 04 296 6314/394 5111
Fax: 04 296 6407/394 3040
Al Mamzar/Jumeirah 

AL MA’ARIF PRIVATE SCHOOL 

American Curriculum
KG – Grade 10
PO Box: 87823 Dubai
Tel: 04 298 8881 
Fax: 04 298 8883
Al Ghusais
 


AL MAWAKEB SCHOOL 

American, Arabic Curriculum 
KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 10799/35001 Dubai
Tel: 04 285 1415/347 8288
Fax: 04 285 1988/347 8077


AL MIZHAR AMERICAN ACADEMY FOR GIRLS 

American Curriculum
KG 1 – Grade 12
PO Box: 78484 Dubai
Tel: 04 288 7250
Fax: 04 288 7251


AL NIBRAS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 

American Curriculum
Pre KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 54084 Dubai
Tel: 04 885 3330
Fax: 04 885 3331
Green Community 

AL SALAM PRIVATE SCHOOL & SALAM NURSERY 

British Curriculum Classes
PO Box: 5251 Dubai
Tel: 04 267 9594
Fax: 04 267 9593
Al Ghusais

AL SADIQ ISLAMIC ENGLISH SCHOOL 

British Curriculum 
PO Box: 16196 Dubai
Tel: 04 263 4083
Fax: 04 263 1078
Location: Al Ghusais 


AMERICAN SCHOOL OF DUBAI 

American Curriculum
KG 1 – Grade 12
PO Box: 71188 Dubai
Tel: 04 344 0824
Fax: 04 344 1510


ARAB UNITY SCHOOL

British Curriculum
KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 10563 Dubai
Tel: 04 288 6226, 288 6227
Fax: 04 288 6321
Al Mizhar (Al Khawaneej Road) 

BUDS PUBLIC SCHOOL 

Curriculum: CBSE
KG – Year 10
PO Box: 12861 Dubai
Tel: 04 265 2602
Fax: 04 265 2603

CRESCENT ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOL 

Curriculum: CBSE
KG – Grade 11
PO Box: 923 Dubai
Tel: 04 298 8866
Fax: 04 298 8299
Al Ghusais 

DEANS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 

American Curriculum
KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 20850 Dubai
Tel: 04 338 7334
Fax: 04 338 7335
Al Quoz 

DEIRA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
PO Box: 79043 Dubai
Tel: 04 232 5552
Fax: 04 232 5151
Dubai Festival City 

DELHI PRIVATE SCHOOL 

Curriculum: CBSE
KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 38321 Dubai
Tel: 04 882 1848
Fax: 04 882 1849
The Gardens, Jebel Ali Village 

DUBAI AMERICAN ACADEMY 

American Curriculum International Baccalaureate Diploma
KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 32762 Dubai
Tel: 04 347 9222
Fax: 04 347 6070
Al Barsha 

DUBAI AMERICAN SCIENTIFIC SCHOOL 

American Curriculum
KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 38188 Dubai
Tel: 04 339 2444 
Fax: 04 339 0390
Al Quoz

DUBAI ARAB AMERICAN PVT. SCHOOL 

American Curriculum
KG – Grade 10
PO Box: 232212 Dubai
Tel: 04 288 2222
Fax: 04 288 2008
Muhaisna 1


DUBAI BRITISH SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
Foundation 1 – Year 13
PO Box: 37828 Dubai
Tel: 04 361 9361
Fax: 04 360 9294

DUBAI CARMEL SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
KG – Grade 11
PO Box: 51977 Dubai
Tel: 04 267 5424
Fax: 04 267 5991
Al Ghusais, behind Sahara Centre 

DUBAI COLLEGE 

British Curriculum
Year 7 – Year 13 
PO Box: 837 Dubai
Tel: 04 399 9111
Fax: 04 399 9175
Umm Suqeim
 

DUBAI ENGLISH SPEAKING SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
Reception – Year 6
PO Box: 2002 Dubai
Tel: 04 337 1457
Fax: 04 337 8932
Oud Metha Road 

DUBAI ENGLISH SPEAKING COLLEGE 

British Curriculum
PO Box: 125814 Dubai
Tel: 04 360 4866
Fax: 04 360 4864
Academic City

DUBAI GEM PRIVATE SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
Classes: KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 989 Dubai
Tel: 04 337 6661, 337 0913 
Fax: 04 336 4524
Oud Metha Rd

DUBAI INFANTS SCHOOLS 

British Curriculum
Classes: KG 1 – KG 2
PO Box: 11444 Dubai
Tel: 04 337 1463
Fax: 04 334 4772
Oud Metha Road 

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY 

International Baccalaureate Organization’s Programme
KG – Year 13
PO Box: 118111 Dubai
Tel: 04 368 4111
Fax: 04 361 9050
Emirates Hills 

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 

American Curriculum
Classes: KG 1 – Grade 12
PO Box: 15495 Dubai
Tel: 04 282 3513, 04 282 3524/04 338 0370
Fax: 04 282 1362/04 338 0008
Al Garhoud

DUBAI MODERN EDUCATION SCHOOL 

American Curriculum
KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 61720 Dubai
Tel: 04 288 5115
Fax: 04 288 5514

DUBAI MODERN HIGH SCHOOL 

GEMS Schools
Indian School Certificate Examinations
Classes: KG – Year 12
PO Box: 53663 Dubai
Tel: 04 344 4244
Fax: 04 349 2329
Al Wasl

DUBAI NATIONAL SCHOOL 

American/Arabic 
KG – Secondary/KG – Grade 12/KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 24060 Dubai/20057 Dubai/20057 Dubai
Tel: 04 347 4555/04 332 1555, 331 1081/04 298 8555
Fax: 04 347 4433/04 332 2788/04 298 8444

DUBAI SCHOLARS PRIVATE SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
KG – Grade 11
PO Box: 2819 Dubai
Tel: 04 298 8892
Fax: 04 298 8789
Al Qusaias

EMIRATES ENGLISH SPEAKING SCHOOL 

CBSE
KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 7575 Dubai
Tel: 04 394 7355, 394 5626 
Fax: 04 394 3485
Jumeirah
 

EMIRATES INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS JUMEIRAH 

KG 1 – Year 13 
PO Box: 6446 Dubai
Tel: 04 348 9804
Fax: 04 348 2813
 

EMIRATES INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL MEADOWS 

International
KG 1 – Year 12 
PO Box: 120118 Dubai
Tel: 04 362 9009
Fax: 04 362 9229
 

ENGLISH MEDIUM SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
Classes: Nursery – Year 13
PO Box: 6680 Dubai
Tel: 04 337 7503
Fax: 04 334 5644
Oud Metha Road

EUROPEAN SCHOOL OF DUBAI 

British Curriculum
KG1 – Grade 11
PO Box: 39292 Dubai
Tel: 04 264 6160
Fax: 04 264 6169
Al Ghusais

FRENCH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 

French
Pre KG – Grade 6
PO Box: 2226 Dubai
Tel: 04 336 8552
Fax: 04 336 8553
Oud Metha


GEMS JUMEIRAH PRIMARY SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
Classes: KG 1 – Year 6
PO Box: 29093 Dubai
Tel: 04 394 3500
Fax: 04 394 3960
Jumeirah 2

GEMS WORLD ACADEMY 

IB , KG – Grade 13
PO Box: 126260 Dubai
Tel: 050-551 3343
Al Barsha South 

GERMAN SCHOOL DUBAI 

German
KG – Grade 4
PO Box: 47072 Dubai
Tel: Temporary 050 897 2201
Dubai Academic City

GRAMMAR SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
PO Box: 11230 Dubai
Tel: 04 282 4822
Fax: 04 282 8475
Al Garhoud 

GREENFIELD COMMUNITY SCHOOL 

International Baccalaureate

KG 1 – Grade 8 (Grade 9 September 2009)
PO Box: 282627 Dubai
Tel: 04 885 6600
Fax: 04 885 6611
Dubai Investment Park
 


GULF INDIAN HIGH SCHOOL 

CBSE
KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 646 Dubai
Tel: 04 282 4455
Fax: 04 282 4854
Garhoud

GULF MODEL SCHOOL 

CBSE
Classes: KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 13683 Dubai
Tel: 04 254 4222
Fax: 04 254 4550

HIS HIGHNESS SHEIKH RASHID AL MAKTOUM PAKISTAN SCHOOL 

Pakistan ( Federal Board)
KG – Higher Secondary
PO Box: 26371 Dubai
Tel: 04 298 8303
Fax: 04 298 8343
Al Qusais

HORIZON SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
Classes: Pre-School – Year 6
PO Box: 6749 Dubai
Tel: 04 342 2891
Fax: 04 342 9759

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC SCHOOL 

American Curriculum
KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 262 Dubai
Tel: 04 280 0993
Fax: 04 280 0989
Al Warqa 1

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF ARTS & SCIENCE 

American
KG – Grade10
PO Box: 35901 Dubai
Tel: 04 280 0459
Fax: 04 280 0439
Al Warqa 1 

ISLAMIC SCHOOL FOR TRAINING & EDUCATION 

Arabic
KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 19964 Dubai
Tel: 04 264 6001
Fax: 04 264 3331
Muhaisnah 1 

JEBEL ALI PRIMARY SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
PO Box: 17111 Dubai
Tel: 04 884 6485
Fax: 04 884 5373
Jebel Ali Village 

JUMEIRAH ENGLISH SPEAKING SCHOOL 

British Curriculum & International Baccalaureate
Foundation 1 to Year 13
PO Box: 24942 Dubai
Tel: 04 3619019
Fax: 04 361 5339
Jumeirah and Arabian Ranches 

JUMEIRAH COLLEGE 

GEMS Schools ,British Curriculum
Year 7 – Year 13
PO Box: 74856 Dubai
Tel: 04 395 4950 
Fax: 04 395 4586
Al Wasl

JUMEIRAH PRIMARY SCHOOL 

GEMS Schools ,British Curriculum
KG – Year 6
PO Box: 29093 Dubai
Tel: 04 394 3500
Fax: 04 394 3960
Al Wasl Road

KINGS’ DUBAI 

British Curriculum
Foundation – Year 6
PO Box: 38199 Dubai
Tel: 04 348 3939
Fax: 04 348 3223
Umm Suqeim

LITTLE FLOWER ENGLISH SCHOOL 

CBSE
KG 1 – Grade 5
PO Box: 19771 Dubai
Tel: 04 266 7620
Fax: 04 269 4931

LYCEE FRANCAIS INTERNATIONAL 

French
KG – Grade 6
PO Box: 2226 Dubai
Tel: 04 336 8552
Fax: 04 336 8553


MIRDIF PRIVATE SCHOOL 

American Curriculum
KG 1 – Grade 9
PO Box: 79195 Dubai
Tel: 04 288 3303
Fax: 04 288 7401
Mirdif 

NEW ACADEMY SCHOOL 

American Curriculum
KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 11439 Dubai
Tel: 04 398 8873 
Fax: 04 398 8753


NEW ARAB UNITY SCHOOL 

American Curriculum
KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 20315 Dubai
Tel: 04 288 4844 
Fax: 04 288 2377
Near Mirdiff Interchange
 

NEW INDIAN MODEL SCHOOL 

Kerala Syllabus
KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 3100 Dubai
Tel: 04 282 4313 
Fax: 04 282 5454
Al Garhoud Schools Area
 

NIBRAS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 

American Curriculum
KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 54084 Dubai
Tel: 04 885 3330
 
Fax: 04 885 3331
Dubai Investment Park

OUR OWN ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOL 

Indian CBSE
KG – Year 12
PO Box: 3004 Dubai
Tel: 04 337 4112
Fax: 04 334 7650
Oud Metha 

PAKISTANI EDUCATION ACADEMY 

Pakistan, FBISE
KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 621 Dubai
Tel: 04 337 3438
Fax: 04 334 7112
Bur Dubai 

PHILADELPHIA PRIVATE SCHOOL 

American Curriculum
KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 185020 Dubai
Tel: 04 264 6202
Fax: 04 264 6203
Al Muhaisnah 4 

PRISTINE PRIVATE SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
KG – Year 12
PO Box: 60830, Al Nahda 2, Dubai
Tel: 04 267 4299
Fax: 04 267 5844
Back of Sahara Centre 

RAFFLES INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 

Pre-school – High School
PO Box: 122900 Dubai
Tel: 04 427 1200, 800 723 3537
Fax: 04 427 1201
Umm Suqeim North 

RAJAGIRI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 

CBSE
KG 1 – Grade 1
PO Box: 500438 Dubai
Tel: 04 280 0691
Fax: 04 280 0692
Al Warqa’a 

REGENT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
KG 1 – Year 8 
PO Box: 24857 Dubai
Tel: 04 360 8830
 
Fax: 04 360 8831
The Greens

REPTON SCHOOL DUBAI 

British Curriculum
Classes: KG – Year 11
Tel: 04 344 6646
Fax: 04 344 6304
Nad Al Sheba 
 

SALMAN FARSI SCHOOL 

Iranian
Classes: KG – Secondary
PO Box: 17 Dubai
Tel: 04 298 8121, 298 8116
Fax: 04 298 8319
Near Al Mulla Plaza 


STAR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
KG – Grade 8
PO Box: 51008 Dubai
Tel: 04 263 8999
Fax: 04 263 8998
Al Twar


ST. MARY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
Grade 1 – 12
PO Box: 52232 Dubai
Tel: 04 337 0252
Fax: 04 336 8119
Oud Metha 


THE APPLE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
Classes: KG 1- Grade 6
PO Box: 50091 Dubai
Tel: 04 263 8989
Fax: 04 261 9554


THE CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
Classes: KG – Year 13
PO Box: 60835 Dubai
Tel: 04 282 4646
Fax: 04 282 4109

THE CENTRAL SCHOOL 

CBSE
Classes: KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 90697 Dubai
Tel: 04 267 4433
Fax: 04 267 9014
Al Nahda 2 

THE CITY SCHOOL INTERNATIONAL 

British Curriculum
KG1 – Grade 10
Dubai
Tel: 04 289 5781, 289 9722
Fax: 04 289 9723
Nadd Al Hamar 

THE ELITE ENGLISH PRIVATE SCHOOL 

CBSE
KG – Grade 10
PO Box: 51212 Dubai
Tel: 04 268 8244
Fax: 04 268 8434

THE ENGLISH COLLEGE 

British Curriculum
Foundation – Year 13
PO Box: 11812 Dubai
Tel: 04 394 3465
Fax: 04 394 7242


THE INDIAN HIGH SCHOOL 

CBSE
KG – Grade 4
PO Box: 106 Dubai
Tel: 04 282 3555
Fax: 04 282 1817
Al Garhoud 


THE INDIAN HIGH SCHOOL 

CBSE
Grade 5 – Grade 12
PO Box: 106 Dubai
Tel: 04 337 7475
Fax: 04 335 8851
Karama 

THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF CHOUEIFAT 

SABIS®
KG 1 – Grade 13
PO Box: 21935 Dubai
Tel: 04 399 9444
Fax: 04 399 9045
www.sabis.net


THE KINDERGARTEN STARTERS 

Indian CBSE
KG – Year 5
PO Box: 4973 Dubai
Tel: 04 282 4090
Fax: 04 282 5504
Al Garhoud 

THE MILLENNIUM SCHOOL 

GEMS Schools
KG – Year 12
PO Box: 32446 Dubai
Tel: 04 298 8567
Fax: 04 298 8606
Al Ghusais 


THE OXFORD SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
Classes: KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 50091 Dubai
Tel: 04 254 3666
Fax: 04 254 3777
Al Ghusais, near Beirut Street and Police Station 

THE SCHOOL OF RESEARCH SCIENCE 

British Curriculum
KG – Grade 12
PO Box: 57442 Dubai
Tel: 04 298 8776
Fax: 04 298 8773
Al Ghusais 

THE SHEFFIELD PRIVATE SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
KG – Year 11
PO Box: 92665 Dubai
Tel: 04 267 8444
Fax: 04 267 8938
Al Ghusais 

THE WESTMINSTER SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
KG – Year 13
PO Box: 27016 Dubai
Tel: 04 298 8333
Fax: 04 298 8603
Al Ghusais

THE WINCHESTER SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
KG – Year 10
PO Box: 38058 Dubai
Tel: 04 882 0444
Fax: 04 882 0440
The Jebel Ali Gardens 

UNIVERSAL AMERICAN SCHOOL 

American Curriculum
KG – Grade 12
Age Group: 4 – 18 Years
PO Box: 79133 Dubai
Tel: 04 232 5222
Dubai Festival City 

WELLINGTON INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 

British Curriculum
Foundation Stage – Year 12
Dubai
Tel: 04 348 4999
Fax: 04 348 6595
Sheikh Zayed Road

“I KNOW WHO YOU ARE!”…THE BOOK RELEASING IN SPRING 2009

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” I KNOW WHO YOU ARE!” is written by Dubai based twin authors, Mariam Masood and Fatima Masood. It is being published in the United Kingdom by Olympia Publishers and shall be out in Spring 2009 with the grace of Almighty Allah.

If you are a book lover, this ones for you.

I am among one of the few first readers of the book and I must say its a very gripping piece of modern literature. The concepts put forward in the book are very unique and capture the mind of the reader. You tend to read and re-read the core lines and concepts as you unfold the mystery woven around the characters.

It would be a good handbook to keep as a guide to understand people we live with. I believe the character skins portrayed in the book are very real. As you read the book you tend to say, “Oh! yes, I know this one; it is so and so in my life..oh so now I know!!”

By Faryal

Here is what the authors have to say about it:

I Know Who You Are! is a unique novel which has a blend of fascinating fiction and hard-core reality. It not only tells the readers the story about Sultan and his family but it also reveals the secret of dealing with people successfully.

 The book presents the concept that every person has a Character Skin which guides his behaviour and inspires his conversations. If you know a person’s Character Skin, you can understand, respond and deal with him effectively.

 “Truth is only valued by the ones who are righteous, for the ones who are possessed by their own beliefs are indifferent to it.” (Mariam & Fatima Masood)

 I Know Who You Are! diversifies a person’s perspective through positive thinking. It invites its reads to explore, enjoy, reflect  and analyze the concepts the Character Skins, people, possess.   

I Know Who You Are! will be in bookstores in Spring 2009.

To Read the preview, click here…

THE FRIDAY CLASS by Mariam and Fatima Masood

The Friday Class was a result of many isolated moments we spent as teachers… in school, at home, in malls, parks, waiting lobbies and at the Dubai Creek.
 
As teachers we always feel there is very less time, in class, to tell the children about the many little things they need to remember in order to enjoy life. Since the classes are curriculum driven it becomes difficult to address the day to day challenges, problems and tasks children come across. Not only as teachers, even at home, with our nephews and niece, we realize there are so many things that need adult attention and address.
 
In order to kill the guilt we thought of the concept of a Friday Class which would have all the little but important things we want to tell children aged 7 onwards.
 
It is important to say that Fridays and Saturdays are weekly holidays here in Dubai, no school. That’s why the article was named The Friday Class. At home, when children are missing their teachers, they get an opportunity of absorbing some more knowledge of the world… a short message from very concerned caring teachers…
 
So, for young girls and boys here are some nice things to read and follow in life. Of course also for older people who missed on good teachers and teachings in life!

Minutes invested in goodness help a lifetime.

THE FRIDAY CLASS IS PUBLISHED IN YOUNG TIMES MAGAZINE FORTNIGHTLY.

Study Fashion Design Online with the Studio Art School

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Studio Art School, UK

Study Fashion Design Online  with the Studio Art School 

Introduction to Fashion Design and Illustration

Course summary
This is a practical project based course for those who have creative flair and an interest in Fashion, as well as a desire to produce original work. Students work to given briefs, and are encouraged to develop conceptual, analytical and problem solving skills.

Activities include:
 
Designing for fashion on the figure using figure templates
Creating ‘specification’ drawings
Illustrating fabrics and garments in a range of media
Exploring fashion trends and predictions
Undertaking market research
Learning about fabrics
Researching fashion history
Creating mood boards

Certification  
This course leads to the award of the Level 1 Certificate in Design and Crafts from the City & Guilds of London Institute, the UK’s leading provider of vocational qualifications.
On completion of this course, students may wish to progress to City & Guilds level 2,      
” Fashion Design and Illustration”.

Entry requirements
No formal entry requirements.
 

What it costs
Course fee: £290.00
 
What’s included in the fee
The course fee includes unlimited online tuition and support, together with access to course materials and to a secure personal online studio, where you can upload and store images of your work and communicate with your tutor.
 
Our courses are supported by comprehensive learning materials which provide step by step instructions, together with suggestions for further study and information on artists, techniques and materials.
What our students say.
“My experience of studying with Studio Art School has been very positive. I have found the website very easy to manage and the activities are well structured and paced. I have been very impressed with the speed and quality of the  tutors’ feedback.”. Helen, Barcelona.

When you apply please mention about CREATIVE MUMZ.

How to apply
Comprehensive details about our courses and our online application form can be found at; http://www.studioartschool.co.uk/index.aspx

STOCK THAT FIRST AID KIT

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Little children always get into scrapes and no one knows this better than their mother.

Most scrapes are minor and only need home treatment and lots of kisses on the bad ‘boo-boo’. Its important to attend to such incidents fast without the hassle of rummaging through drawers and rooms for a bandage here or an ointment there. An updated first aid kit that has all the essentials is a must-have for any efficient mom. Some pharmaceutical stores will sell pre-packaged first aid kits but you can put together your own with these simple tips. Store these in an unused lunch box out of reach of children. Keeping an accessible, portable first aid kit also makes it easier to carry along on picnics and outdoor trips when bruises and cuts are most likely to happen.

You’ll need:


* Acetaminophen and/or
* Ibuprofen (with a chart for weight-appropriate doses
  and a dosage spoon)
* Band-aids (assorted shapes and sizes for knuckles,
   knees and fingertips)
* Antiseptic wipes
* Antibiotic ointment
* Burn ointment
* Sterile roll gauze (in 3 and 4 inch sizes)
* First aid tape
* Bandage scissors
* Thermometer
* Tweezers and a magnifying glass
* A first aid guidebook

Other standard medicine-chest supplies include sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and an anti-itch cream for rashes during summer.
Its also a good idea to keep telephone numbers of the closest children’s hospital’s emergency services in the first aid kit, along your child’s pediatrician’s name and number, and prescriptions for any medication your child is taking.

Like charity and hygiene, safety also begins at home, and now you can rest assured that you’re all set to banish that boo-boo.

Article contributed by our newest active member, Nihal Taher.

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Playscapes Wall Murals- Decorate your Kids Rooms, Ideal for Nursery

 Playscapes Wall Murals are such an exciting concept in kids rooms decorating and nursery decor! We handcraft and hand paint all the childrens’ wall art and kids’ room accessories, add Velcro pads to the back and then package our wall mural kits and freight them worldwide direct to your door!

 The Jungle theme was the first design created by Playscapes and remains the favorite to this day! Brightly coloured Jungle animals with friendly faces will adorn your childs playroom or bedroom. The gorgeous little African Rondarvel will make decorating your childs bedroom your greatest thrill.  

All you do is paint the wall in your chosen colour, plan your design then simply peel away the backing tape on the murals and adhere. In a couple of hours you will have the most gorgeous room that you did yourself! Another bonus is it is also interactive. Children are encouraged to pick the apples off the tree, fly the bees around and place them back. This improves their hand-eye coordination and fine dexterity. Another bonus is of course if you find you have to relocate, simply take your Playscapes kids’ murals ( or wall art) with you and remove the Velcro without marking the walls!

When ordering at Playscapes, please mention that you heard about Playscapes from Creative Mumz.

Website: http://www.playscapes.com.au/

Email: office@playscapes.com.au       

           Seaside Teddies theme is a warm favorite with old-fashioned Teddies and sailing boats. It is perfect decorating for the nursery and we have adorable nursery furniture to match. Childrens stools, garden seats and other hand-painted furniture are available for nursery decorating. The Seaside theme is perfect for Nursery design as it is designed for boys and girls. This childrens wall mural will be loved for years to come.   

Back To School

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It is time to begin school very soon. Back to school means preparation for both, mums and kids. Mothers need to sort out things, organize and plan ahead of time to pack interesting lunch boxes, buy books and uniforms, find new ideas to get the kids to finish homework and much more.

The key is organizing. Here are some ideas to prepare beforehand;

  1. Prepare lunch bag cards for the week. You can make cards to go on the fridge with what has to be packed for each day of the week. This will save time and reduce daily stress of thinking what to prepare.
  2. Kids have a fluctuating routine during summer break. Start put them to bed earlier at least one week before school starts. This will help them to get into school routine easily.
  3. Prepare lists for what has to be sent to school esp. on the first day, like books, school supplies, lunch bag, any special item that the school had requested for. A separate list should be prepared for each child keeping in mind that a primary school student will have to carry different things as compared to your little one who is just beginning school.
  4. Find new and interesting ideas to motivate children to finish homework without a fuss. Surf the net and read some articles that will help and prepare you to deal with homework issues.
  5. Mark important school events and meetings on a calendar to avoid missing any special days.
  6. Reduce morning stress by preparing clothes and lunch bags at night. Set plates, spoons, cups, etc. for breakfast at night to avoid rush in the morning.

 Planning ahead will make going back to school a pleasant experience!

 

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WHAT TEACHERS MAKE?

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WHAT TEACHERS MAKE…….

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.

One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued,
“What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in
life was to become a teacher?” He reminded the other dinner guests what
they say about teachers: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.”

To stress his point he said to another guest; “You’re a teacher, Bonnie.
Be honest. What do you make?”

Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, “You
want to know what I make? (She paused for a second, and then began…)

“Well lets see, for starters, I make kids work harder than they ever thought
they could. I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honour.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents
can’t make them sit for 5 without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental…

(She paused again then went on)

I make kids wonder.

I make them question.

I make them criticize.

I make them apologize and mean it.

I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.

I teach them to write and then I make them write.

I make them read, read, read.

I make them show all their work in math.

I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know
in English while preserving their unique cultural identity.

I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.

Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were
given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life.

(Bonnie paused one last time and then continued.)
“Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, I can hold my head up
high and pay no attention because they are ignorant… Do you want to
know what I make?

I MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
What do you make?”

THIS IS WORTH SENDING TO EVERY TEACHER YOU KNOW.
THERE IS MUCH TRUTH IN THIS STATEMENT:

“Teachers make every other profession”.

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CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE

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If a child lives with Criticism, He learns to Condemn.
If a child lives with Hostility, He learns to Fight.
If a child lives with Ridicule, He learns to be Shy.
If a child lives with Encouragement, He learns Confidence.
If a child lives with Shame, He learns to feel Guilty.
If a child lives with Tolerance, He learns to be Patient.
If a child lives with Praise, He learns to Appreciate.
If a child lives with Security, He learns to have Faith.
If a child lives with Approval, He learns to Like Himself.
If a child lives with Acceptance and Friendship, He learns to Find Love in the World.

 

Very true! Found these words,wanted to share with you all.

Nursery Schools in Sharjah

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Dear Mums….. It is a great challenge to find the right nursery school for your child. The first nursery school environment that we choose for our kids is very important since it is the first step that they take to explore the outside world without us and this really sets the tune for learning for the years to come. Here are some options in Sharjah.

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ABC NURSERY


P.O.Box: 15231 Sharjah
06-566 1197
Ramla Area

AL AHLIA NURSERY


Sharjah, 06-5371157

AL HANAN PVT NURSERY

Po Box 23362, Sharjah

06-5523896

AL KHALEEJ NURSERY

Po Box 40811, Sharjah

06-5271524

AL KHAN NURSERY

Po Box 4615, Sharjah

Al Gubaibah, near Gold Centre

06-5663831

AL NASER ENGLISH NURSERY

P.O.Box: 2315 Sharjah
06-524 4454
Green Belt Park

AL ZAHRA NURSERY

P.O.Box: 32928 Sharjah
06-528 3010

BABY GARDEN ENGLISH NURSERY

P.O.Box: 2388 Sharjah
06 563 7568
Maisloon Area

BALLOON NURSERY

Website: www.balloonnursery.com
P.O.Box: 64975 Sharjah
06-544 0558
Rifaa Area

BAIBAN BARAK NURSERY

Po Box 5201, Sharjah

06-5248100

BLUEBELLS NURSERY

Website: www.bluebells-nursery.com
P.O.Box: 39390 Sharjah
06-528 1852
Al Khan area

BIG BEN ENGLISH NURSERY

Po Box 7049 , Sharjah

06-5660990

CHILD CLUB NURSERY

Po Box 3335, Sharjah

06-5220045

DELTA NURSERY

Age Group: 2 – 3 Years
POBox: 20121 Sharjah
06-563 6847
Maisloon

DREAMLAND NURSERY

Website: www.dreamlandnursery.com

06-566 1133

EMIRATES BUDS NURSERY

P.O.Box: 44067 Sharjah
06 522 5635

EMIRATES MONTESSORI, HOUSE OF CHILDREN

Villa was previously used by the ‘New Filipino English School’
Ramla West
06-5671017

www.emirates-montessori.com

ENGLISH ROSE BRITISH NURSERY

British Foundation Stage Curriculum
Near Sharjah Ladies Club
PO Box: 45048
06-5228477

GREENBELT NURSERY

Website: www.wesgreen.net

P.O.Box: 40658 Sharjah
06 534 6333
Off University, Airport Road 

GULF ROAD NURSERY

Po Box 4652, Sharjah

06-5664952

HAPPY HOME ENGLISH NURSERY

P.OBox: 5395 Sharjah
06- 563 1772
Maisloon

HAPPY KIDS NURSERY

Website: www.happykidsnursery.com

Post Box No.:34295
Sharjah

06-5389300

KIDS KINGDOM NURSERY

Website: www.kidskingdom.ae

P.O.Box: 23773 Sharjah
06-522 6710
Near Quran Roundabout

KIDS ISLAND NURSERY SHARJAH

Email: kidsislandnursery@hotmail.com

Timing: Sun- Thur : 8:00am-12:30pm,8:00am-3:00pm, 8:00am-5:30pm

LITTLE ANGEL BRITISH NURSERY

Website: www.littleangelbritishnursery.com
P.O.Box: 7049 Sharjah
0- 566 0990

LITTLE FEET NURSERY

Tel: 5280787
Fax:5280766
P.O.B-6358
Sharjah

Website:  http://littlefeetnursery.net/default.swf

Blog: http://littlefeetnursery.blogspot.com/

LITTLE SCHOLARS NURSERY

P.O.Box: 28673 Sharjah
06-522 4795
Al Ghafia

LOLLIPOP NURSERY

Website: www.lollipopnursery.com
P.O.Box: 66733 Sharjah
06 5247710
Sharjah to Ajman Beach Road

PLAYDAYS BRITISH NURSERY

Near Kuwaiti Hospital

Contact: 06- 5222863, 06-5222544
050-2169857

SHARJAH KINDERCARE NURSERY

Post Box No.:34295
Sharjah, U.A.E.

06-5240911

SPECIAL WORLD NURSERY

POBox: 30996 Sharjah
06- 5247767

TENDER STEPS NURSERY

P.O.Box: 68608 Sharjah
06-5663051

THE BRITISH ISLAMIC NURSERY
(Near the new Maroor Dept.)
Al Ramaquia
Sharjah, UAE
Telephone: 06-548-7522
Fax: 06-548-7523

YAMAMA NURSERY

P.O.Box: Sharjah
06-5225767

Nutrition For Toddlers/Children

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Mums, its best that we give our kids snacks that are high in nutrition. Here are some ideas for snacks for your little ones. Even older kids can be given nutritious foods between meals to promote health and cut down on extra calories gained by consuming sugary high fat snacks. 

Snacks for Toddlers

The best snacks are mini meals, not meal wreckers, so start small and give your child just enough to hold him until the next meal. Of course, this does not always work out perfectly with one- and two-year-olds, since their appetites are erratic. It’s OK if your child ends up eating a bigger snack as long as it’s healthy.

  • Fruit juice
  • Natural cheese such as cheddar.
  • Milk (full-fat for up to two years old)
  • Yogurt (full-fat for up to two years old)
  • Hard-cooked eggs
  • Cottage cheese (full-fat for up to two years old)
  • Tuna
  • Whole grain breads and crackers
  • Fruit (with the exception of whole grapes)
  • Weetabix with milk 
  • Fresh fruit blended with milk
  • Pudding made with full-fat milk
  • Dry cereal or a small bowl of cereal with milk
  • Vegetable juices
  • Well-cooked vegetables such as a sliced, peeled sweet potato
  • Tortillas

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Mums in Dubai and Sharjah-Shopping, Kids Play Areas and Coffee..

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Life for mums in the United Arab Emirates is great. I have been here since 1995 and have seen it grow into a stronger economy and a society that provides opportunities to all, provided we seek to work hard and hunt for new doors to success. And its a shopper’s paradise. Mothers have many stores to choose from to buy stuff for their babies and kids. Baby items, toys, clothes, accessories, excellent stuff and innovative mommy help gadgets are also available. You can check out The Baby Shop, Early Learning Centre, Monalisa, Toys’r’Us, Good Baby, Mothercare, Baby Land and many more.

There are many play areas where the kids have fun and at the same time develop their gross motor skills, coordination and balancing skills. Mums can relax with a cup of coffee, chat and watch their little ones having a blast!

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Sayings-Mums, Dads and Children

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  • All mothers hope that their daughters will find a better husband than she did, and are convinced that their sons will never find as good a wife as their fathers did. 
  • We spent the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk, and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up. 
  • Children are incredibly good imitators.No matter how hard you try to teach them good manners, they always behave exactly like their parents.
  • Children fill the home with peace when they sleep.
  • Precocious children can be a pain. childish adults are worse.
  • Only after seeing how your grandchildren turn out can you see if you brought up your own children well.
  • Before I got married, I had six theories about bring up children. Now I have six children and no theories.
  • Children seldom misquote you. Infact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.
  • How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid. It must be education that does it?

I found these interesting sayings and thought of sharing them with you all.

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Creative Mumz @ the Used Book Festival, Sharjah


Creative Mumz is participating in the

Used Book Festival organized by

Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services,

at Qanat Al Qasba, Sharjah

29th-31st of March 2007 (Thursday – Saturday)

from 10am – 10pm.

We are collecting used books for the event. The books will be sold at our tent at Qanat Al Qasba and , sale proceeds of the same will be donated to benefit special needs children. Please make a contribution by collecting used unwanted books (non-school books), you can ask your friends as well since this is for a good cause. Please support the event, your contribution is highly appriciated. All kinds of books, any language can be donated.

Kindly write to me if you would like to donate books so I can tell you where to deliver them (Dubai and Sharjah). I shall apprecite if the donation can be made by the 25th of March.

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You are also invited to attend the festival with your family and friends and have a look at all the books there. Many schools, universities and organizations are participating  in the event. Since Qanat Al Qasba is a great family outing spot, I am sure we all will have a great time while supporting a good cause.

Thanks a lot. Hoping to get a great response from all of you.

Best regards,

Faryal Amir
Coordinator Creative Mumz
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Inspiration…Where can we find it?

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Look deep with in yourself…deep down… there is someone very pure, very innocent, very loving, very sensitive and above all very inspiring!

Life can sometimes be very stressful and everything may seem gloomy. When we are low, distressed, in grief, we long for someone to pat our shoulder, inspire us and say, “Don’t worry, all will be fine. Get up and get going, boost your energy, look at the brighter side, find happiness in the simple things you have and make the most of them, fill yourself with courage, enthusiasm and self worth, you are doing a good job, I appreciate you.” But most of the time we do not find anyone to console us.

The best and the most honest person to uplift our spirits is our own SELF. The best inspiration a person can find is with in him/herself. Because we truly understand what we are going through, we respect the fact that we are hurt and sincerely want to do something about it. We are our best well wisher. So go ahead complement yourself for what you are and what you do. Be your own stimulus and your life will change for the better!

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Dos and Don’ts of Answering Children’s Questions

Dos and Don’ts of Answering Children’s Questions Dos:· Always pay attention to your children’s questions and listen carefully when they ask you something. Even if you are in the middle of something really important, divert full attention to your child. Value your child’s curiosity.

  • Be honest. You are your child’s guide and whatever you say has a deep impact on your child’s thoughts and perception of things. Give accurate information.
  • Provide information in simple, concrete and concise sentences.
  • Your language should be comprehendible, keeping in mind the child’s age and level of understanding.
  • Check if the child has understood by having him/her repeat the answer in his/her own words. If it comes back and you can make sense of it, the message has been received!
  • There aren’t always answers. It’s alright to say, ‘I don’t know, but that was a good question.’
  • If it’s a painful, sensitive or emotional subject, it’s important to tell why.
  • Your child has approached you with a question and is ready to receive information. Grab this opportunity to convey good morals and values, if appropriate, since the child is ready to absorb what you are about to say.
  • Be prepared to answer more questions once they get answers to their first ones.

Don’ts:· Never discourage you kid from asking questions. It may be the last time he/she came to you to request information.· Avoid long and confusing sentences. · Never provide false or misleading information.· Never try to avoid further conversation and questions by saying, ‘No more questions.’ “Why?” “Because I said so.” Clear the child’s doubts till he/she is satisfied.· Do not avoid questions on sensitive issues. Children know when we are trying to get away from answering difficult ones. They may then try to find other sources to get information and that may sometimes have a negative influence on them.· Even if you are getting irritable with repeated questions, never show it your child. Find out more about our groups activities, up coming meet up in Dubai, log on to www.creativemumz.com

‘Must Haves’ in mommy’s hand bag

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Mommy hand bags are instant problem solvers. In times of need or emergency, we happen to find almost everything required to fix the situation. Therefore, mommy hand bags must be ORGANIZED. I feel the following are must haves for a mommy’s hand bag.

1. Tissues

2. Individually packed wipes (antibacterial will be an advantage)

3. Safety pins

4. Panadol tablets

5. Small scotch tape

6. Band aid strips (3-4)

7. Little snacks for the little ones

8. Pen and Post-it (Special lists for shopping)

9. Small toys to keep little ones busy (Small cars, balls, rattle)

10. List of important contacts incase a mobile is not carried

11. Money and enough change

12. Telephone card in case mobile is not carried

13. Medical cards for all family members

14. Membership and kids entertainment centre cards.

15. Driving License 

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What makes a mother strong?

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1. Her children’s smiles and tender touch. Kid’s smiles are like turbo boosters when a mother feels low. And they work as heart softeners when she is cross. Their sweet emotions give inner strength. When nothing can cheer up a mother, her little one’s smile and hug will do the trick.  

2. A mother is not and never will be alone in her thoughts. Her children’s memories, tales and worries will always be with her. Whether she is cooking, cleaning, at work or just relaxing on a couch, she always has her kids on her mind.  

3.  The precious friendship of her kids is her greatest strength and an ultimate source of experiencing new worlds everyday.  

4. When her 6 year old kid makes a card for her and writes, “Mummy I love you. I am with you.” Sometimes such reassurance, strength and hope that a mother gets from these innocent words makes a mother forget all her worries. 

5. The dream to see her kids grow up to be responsible human beings gives a mother all the strength to work hard for them in spite of all odds. 

6. The trust that she can see in her child’s eyes, in all that she tells and does for him. The belief that my mother will always be there for me when I need her. 

7. A mother derives strength from her kid’s problems and fears. She has to build courage to accept these issues and provide wise solutions to tackle these problems. A mother has to be strong to face certain fears of her children with them. 

8. A thank you note that she finds on the fridge for something little that she did for her child, which she never felt was worthy of acknowledgement but was noted by her little one. 

9. The commitment that she is responsible for rearing and moulding the next generation. The thought that, with patience, guidance and support a mother can mould lives, makes her go an extra mile.  

10. The thought that she is blessed with the best gift a lady can wish for. Her kids are her priceless possession!  Someone who will relate to her and who will always need her no matter how old they get. This is a magical feeling that only a mother feels many times in a single day.  

 

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The First Story

I have penned down the very first story that my mother had told me when I was five years old. We lived in Muscat at that time. Its simplicity and innocence makes it lovable. And the message in it is what all mommys want their kids to get! Read the story on this link. www.writers.creativemumz.com on the stories page.

You may send in your original articles and stories (Short ones please) to writers.creativemumz@gmail.com along with your name, occupation and country, to be published on this new website Creative Mumz Writers Club. Kids can send in their original poems with their name and age.

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Anger Management-Over Criticism by Parents

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At Creative Mumz we believe in nurturing the parent-child bond. Although all parents including me claim and really do love their kids more than anything, but at times our love falls prey to our own frustrations and anger. We might loose control in difficult situations but need to educate ourselves to keep our cool, be more understanding and reasonable, esp. when dealing with kids. 

The following article is very thought provoking, so I felt like sharing it with all of you.

The most popular emotional wrecking tool with parents is over-criticism.
The slogan of the over-critical parent is “I’ll get that kid to shape up even if it kills him! After all, its for his/her OWN good! They will thank me some day!”

The really dedicated over-critical parent rides the kid’s back from the moment his feet touch the floor in the morning until he passes out at night! They become angry to the point of rage (or violence) whenever their kid “fails” to live up to their expectations. They resort to all kinds of ways and means to punish and “humiliate” the kid to live up to their unrealistic expectations and standards. The apparent aim of this kind of misguided parent(s) is to build the child up by tearing them down! The end result of course is just that, a torn down, broken hearted and bitter(angry) kid!

The child (victim) of the over-critical parent’s “good intentions” soon starts to feel that he or she just can’t do anything right! Whenever he or she falls short of perfection, they are made to feel they are a total screw up. And he now begins to feel that, since he or she has failed to live up to their parent’s impossibly high standards and expectations, he doesn’t therefore deserves their love and respect. A deep and dark feeling of “self-contempt” (anger at self) and worthlessness overwhelms him to the point of self-destructive behavior. Kids resent (are angry about) being “put down” and insulted all the time ESPECIALLY by their OWN parents! They rebel against it, and parents then wonder “whats gotten into him ?”

Since he has been made to feel he’s a “loser” by HIS OWN PARENT(S), he will now dramatize (act out) this conviction for the rest of his life.

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Before I was a Mom!

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This is an article that Shagufta, my friend and member of Creative Mumz has sent to be added to the Creative Mumz newsletter. I thought I could post it here instead for all of you to read.

“Before I was a Mom, I ate hot meals.  I would sit at the table without
having to get up for extra napkins, ketchup, or to pick up the spoon that
was hurdled across the room.  I never had to say, Clean your plate or no
dessert!
I was able to talk on the phone for hours at a time without interruptions.Before I was a Mom, I slept as late as I wanted and never worried about
what time I got into bed. My house was always clean.  There were never dishes in the sink or crumbs left on the table.  I never tripped over toys or made up my own games or a lullaby to sooth a crying baby.

Before I was a Mom, I didn’t worry whether my plants were poisonous, if the
coffee table had sharp corners or if the electrical sockets were exposed. I had complete control of my mind, my thoughts, my body
and all my feelings and emotions.

Before I was a Mom, I never held down a screaming child so that doctors
could do tests or give shots. I never thought about immunizations or
learned how to read a thermometer.  I never looked into teary eyes and
cried with compassion.  I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn’t stop the
hurt.  I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so unconditionally.

Before I was a Mom, I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn’t want
to put it down or stayed up late at night just to watch it sleep so
peacefully. I didn’t know the feeling of having my heart outside my
body.  I didn’t know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.  
Before I was a Mom, I had never gotten out of bed in the middle of the
night to make sure that everyone was covered with blankets and had their
teddy bear & just in case.

Before I was a Mom, I didn’t know I was capable of feeling so much.  I had
never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache or the
satisfaction that being a Mom can bring.  I never knew just how much I
would love being a mom. I never fully understood my own mother’s joys and
sorrows.  I didn’t appreciate everything she did for me or really thank her
enough for the wisdom she shared.   Before I was a mom I never loved my
mother the same way I do now.

My life has changed & there is no doubt about it, but there isn’t anything
I would be willing to do or any gift I’d be willing to receive to go back
to the days of Before I was a Mom.”

A Goal a Day!

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Accomplish a goal a day!  We usually are working hard everyday to accopmplish our short as well as long term goals that may be personal, family or work related. There may be time involved before you accomplish these, thus keeping you waiting to get a sense of accomplishment. Accomplishment acts as a catalyst to promote one’s self esteme, self confidence and moral.

Therefore apart from these goals, I believe in setting simple daily goals as well. Something special, something that will give me a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Something I like doing. Thus charging my energies. Try setting goals that can be fun or creativity oriented, so that you feel happy and relaxed each day. Plan a day ahead about what you would like to do tomorrow. Perhaps brainstorm at night before sleeping. Examples could be, setting out 30 minutes to complete an art project, writing a short article or incident, drawing, acquiring a new skill, reading short stories, organizing your paper work, arranging your stuff at home, walk with a friend, searching the net for articles of interest, writing down your ideas in a note pad and reading all at the end of the month, learning 10 new words and their meanings using a dictionary, rearranging your room or setting, read a story to a child in the house, and other things that you like doing and can be completed on the same day in a short time.

Creative Mumz (www.creativemumz.com) encourages all mothers to set daily goals as well, assign special time to attain simple, short and  satisfying goals that would make them feel happy and relaxed.

Magic Potion

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My elder son started school when he was three and within the first month of his nursery school he started getting sick. He used to get throat infections, coughs, blocked nose, wheezing and high fever. This continued and our visits to doctors increased. He used to end up getting an antibiotic doze every month on average. We saw many doctors, the child had many blood tests and lung x-rays to check for mucus. His tonsils and adinoids got enlarged, had pus in the tonsils and the child snored at night. One ENT specialist suggested tonsil operation at the age of 3.5 years. We were all very worried since getting down with high fever and pus in the throat became a regular feature. We had tried all medicines, tonics and herbals.

Then by God’s grace, one of my friend who is from India told me about SEPTILIN.  This is a product by Himalaya Herbals which enhances the bodies immunity and helps in cases of tonsils, sinus and similar issues. Mashallah my son has been having this mdicine since 1 year and with Allah’s grace he is keeping well. I give him regularly as a tonic and esp. when he starts to get a cold. I would suggest all mothers to try it with kids even elders can have it and it should inshallah prove to be the magic potion for you. But remember it is God who is the healer and not the medicine! 

Since we benefited from this medicine, I wanted to share this with all of you. You can perhaps search about it on the net to buy it online.

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The truth about truth!

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The truth about truth is, “practicing it might sometimes cause you the most harm.” Many situations may arise in life when we can get way with false statements, facts and expressions. And this is what people at times. Because saying the right thin and accepting the true fact can get you into trouble. The question is, “are we ready to practice saying and accepting truth?” (Truth about the world, life, people and most important about us!)

We may always preach to be truthful, but how truthful are we?  Infact, to listen to the right thing, the true story, the right facts and accepting it, is the most difficult thing to do for many. Because we are not trained to do so, even if we are we are not strong enough to accept it!

And I think this is where parents, most importantly the mother comes into the picture. We as parents need to enable the next generation to say and accept the truth, no matter how bitter it may be. There is a constant need to educate and train our kids to develop inner strength to face facts rather than hiding them or moulding them to fit in or win situations.

And to do this, we need to be role models first. Here we can follow the saying, “practice what you preach.” Because truth is what will eventually prevail!!

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Happy Mommy, Happy Family

www.creativemumz.com A happy mother makes a happy family. It is very vital that the mother of the house is happy, at peace mentally and smiling. Work around the house, crying babies, fighting sibblings, dirty laundry, stinking nappies, burnt toast and juice spilt on the new carpet can really put the home minister off! All this daily stress needs to be battled by the mother. It is then up to all others in the family to give her, if not many, atleast a couple of reasons to smile. A little ‘thank you’ note or ‘mommy you are the best’, getting a rose at the end of a tiring day, a big hug and continuous reassurance that she is respected for all her effort, is all that it takes to make a mother happy. It simple but it needs to be done.

So to all of you out there, send a little ‘love you mom’ note to the person who worked so hard to make you capable of what you are doing now!

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