Sleep


My Dear Son,

16 months old, Alhamdulilah.

We’ve been having hot and extremely windy weather in Arabia. It’s either the heat or the loud wind that’s disturbing your sleep or teething, as I see two upper back teeth, one on either side, is emerging. I don’t know if I’ll ever really know the cause of your sleep issues, but we’ve definitely been experiencing sleep regression over the last weeks. Forget about sleeping through the night, we can’t even get you to sleep at your usual bedtime anymore, which used to be between 19:00 – 20:00 most days. Now, not only do you struggle to sleep at that time, regardless of whether you sleep at 7 or 10 in the evening, you wake up around 3 in the morning! Maybe it’s the Fajr athan and salah that wakes you, maybe it’s the early sunlight that comes into your room… I don’t know. I just reeeeaaally would appreciate it if you could sleep through the night already. Or even go back to your usual sleep pattern and wake up twice or thrice for a milky snack and then go right back to sleep.

Anyway, on the up side…

We’re expecting to see family in the next few days, in shaa Allah! A lot of family! We’re so excited! You would be too, if you knew! 🙂 Daadi, Mama, Papa, aunties, great aunties!!! 🙂 They’re all coming for umrah Alhamdulilah :). So we’re all meeting in Madina and then Makkah, in shaa Allah. You’re going to have so much fun. And maybe you’ll end up being so exhausted that you’ll claim back your normal sleep pattern ;). Ameen.

Other than that excitement… You’re continuing to understand more and more of language. We’re trying to go the bilingual route with English and Afrikaans simultaneously, soon Arabic too, in shaa Allah.

Your latest thing that I love: You choose your own clothes to wear. I just say, “Come, show Mommy what you want to wear” and then you nicely open the drawer and take out what you want to wear :). Awesome, Alhamdulilah!

Ok, writing time’s up.

With love,
Mommy

10 Steps to Positive Discipline


Something for me to remember, especially these days when my patience is under evaluation by lively performances, otherwise known as tantrums. 

1. Know your child.
2. Know what is “Normal.”
3. Adults are accountable as models.
4. Adults must maintain self-control.
5. Adults must be able to see the world from the child’s point of view.
6. Adults must speak clearly and assertively to children.
7. Recognize that discipline is an opportunity to teach, not punish.
8. The adult must be in relationship with the child.
9. Seek solutions not blame.
10. Communication with the intention of love, not fear.

Taken from : https://www.facebook.com/IslamForKids123 

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