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Be Inspired by Faryal Amir
Creative Mumz Founder
“I had a lot of free time and did not know how to use it. I felt there were more women of my ilk who cannot find venues to interact creatively. We organise workshops, coffee evenings, story telling sessions for children, post our queries and seek counsel from other members,” Faryal Amir
When Faryal Amir had her second child, she had to give up her job. Feeling cut off from her usual social circle, she instituted Creative Mumz, a platform for women who would share a skill, information, personal experiences with fellow members who are a mix of single women, mothers, aunties and grandmothers.
The group emerged dynamically online with interesting monthly newsletters and other online competitions. Faryal Amir, with little help from close members organises events, develops the newsletter and updates the website which has more than 500 daily visits.
Her efforts have been recognised by some leading newspapers and television channels. A notable number of women in the UAE are associated with the group and lots from all across the world through the web portal; http://www.creativemumz.com
I attended the book signing of the novel I KNOW WHO YOU ARE! yesterday at Magrudys, Dubai Festival Center. The authors Mariam and Fatima Masood gave a presentation about the five character skins presented in the book and the storyline. This was followed by a quick quiz and Q&A session. Nice event. Have read the book…a very interesting story.
I Know Who You Are! is available online @ Amazon
Article in Gulf News today…
” 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!!”
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…
Happy new year to all you mumz out there. Its great to jot down new year resolutions but the tough job is to stick to them. Have you made any new resolutions? I think we all do and I suppose we mums are real good list makers!
Here are some resolutions I think all mothers would like to stick to,
I will plan and organize my kitchen better, with all food stuff labelled.
I will plan my week’s menu in advance so I don’t have to bother to do that thinking everyday.
I will give more quality time to my kids, play puzzles, paint with them, play board games, hangman, draw, fly kites, read story books, hop, skip, run and make faces with them! Oh! I love being mom!
I will de-clutter corners of my house.
I will try some money saving tips my friend told me about!
I will work really hard this year to lose those extra kilos. (This one is on everyone’s list 😉 )
I will try to give some quality time to myself daily, that I always keep skipping because of my tight schedule. I will not miss my morning walk, or my morning coffee with a friend, I will not ignore my nails, hair or skin just because I could not find that 10 minutes I need to uplift my unkempt look. I will find those 10 minutes daily this year.
I will read good books, relax and enjoy life making an effort to forget the pain and sorrow I went through in my continuning journey – life!
I will organize things better by keeping a handy planner, listing important dates, my kid’s school events and most important, keep track of “things to do” by making my “TO DO LIST”.
I am sure you all will have much more to add to this list, do send in your resolutions in the comments section and share them with us.
Life is a precious gift, be it your own or that of a loved one. At times we are so engrossed in our daily routine and regular chores that we forget to cherish, preserve and nurture this precious gift. Hard times in our life make us realise that perhaps we are not cherishing enough what we are gifted with, how valuable we are to others and what people around us really mean to us. So I believe we should thank God more often, for each breath we take in peace, for he time we spend with our loved ones, for the strength He gives us to go through difficult situations and then for blessing us with happiness, family, love and health. So smile more often, enjoy the happy times cause we never know what is there for us in the future!
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
– Dr. Seuss
Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like no one is watching.
– Randall G Leighton
When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.
Feelings change – memories don’t.
– Joel Alexander
Forgive your enemies, but never, never forget their names.
– John F. Kennedy
Being sad with the right people is better than being happy with the wrong ones.
Never allow someone to be your priority while you’re just their option
My best dreams and worst nightmares have the same people in them.
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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.
- 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.
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!
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
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.
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
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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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.
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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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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.”
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.