• 8 Kid’s clothing brands in Dubai reviewed

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    The best thing about having kids in Dubai is that you get to shop for them. Me, I love shopping for my two. Even if I go out to shop for myself, I end up spending half my budget on a tee for Azlan or a cute little shoe for Safah. There are just too many Kid’s clothing brands in Dubai. And you just can’t visit every one of them so here is a review of some kid’s clothing brands in Dubai for some clutter-free and less hour-wasting shopping.

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  • CHILDREN BOOK REVIEW: Emperor of Absurdia

    Emperor of Absurdia Review

    The Emperor of Absurdia was another good find from The Old Library. The book, written by Chris Riddell, tells the tale of a small emperor as he tumbles out of his bed into a strange and wonderful land. The story is about monsters, dragons and a pointy bird who lives in a pointy nest on a pointy tree.

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  • THE OLD LIBRARY: Support your child’s love for reading for less than 20 AED/mnth

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    I am a major bookworm- had been since I was 10. As a teenager, I always felt that book reading is an expensive hobby (especially when you are the only book lover in the family and end up finishing the book in day or two).  My mom encouraged my reading habits- but not as much as I hoped. But here in Dubai, I feel parents are lucky that they could support their child’s love for reading in Dubai for less than 20 AED a month.

    How?

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  • 6 Reasons Companies should be hiring Moms

     

    When moms finally decide to get a job, we realize the corporate world isn’t into hiring moms. The world has moved on. Younger, fresher girls are more experienced than us. And the only connections we have are other moms either wanting to get a job or dreaming of a time when their kids would be big enough. So, we end up with a big hit on our self-confidence. But what our future employers do not realize is that during all the time we mom-ing, we learned a whole new skill set.

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  • Children Book Review: Peppa Pig The Dentist Trip

    Peppa Pig The Dentist Trip

     

    Peppa Pig is one of Azlan’s favorite cartoons. While social media is scaring parents in switching away from Peppa Pig, I find the cartoon quite entertaining myself. So, when I saw the book adaptation, ‘Peppa Pig The Dentist Trip’ at the library- I quickly grabbed it up. And it was a good decision.

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  • Bullying in UAE: What Needs To Be Done

    Bullying in UAE

    When I came to Dubai, there was a little uncertainty behind all the excitement. I was afraid whether I would fit into Dubai, with its glamour and diversity. But more important than that was the thought of my son. While I could express my reservations to my family and friends, I doubted if Azlan could. Most toddlers and children do not have the vocabulary to express discomfort with the surroundings.

    For a child, relocating to a new country is like changing the world they have grown to depend on. For one, their grandparents and friends are no longer in it. Then, there is the change of language, familiar faces, favorite places and the culture, of course.

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  • How to plan a theme birthday party at home

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    As your children grow older, their fascination with birthday parties increases. They want bigger and more extravagant birthday parties. Unfortunately, your budget shrinks. Birthday parties, especially theme birthday parties could take a big chunk out of your wallet, if done through event planners and caterers. But don’t worry, you can still wow your child with a instagram-able theme birthday party at home. Let’s plan it together.

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  • 8 Unexpected Life Lessons my son taught me

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    As parents, we take ourselves quite seriously. At least, I do. When my first child was born, my sister and I talked about how it was our duty to nurture our child’s heart and mind. We had long endless discussions. We still do. But, recently, I came to realize that my son has taught me more about life than I could ever teach him. If you want to learn how to live life fully, observe and mimic a toddler.

    Persistence

    A toddler’s mantra, ‘If you keep asking for that candy, chances are that you are going to get it… in the end’. Toddlers are known for their persistence. They are not generally put off by constant rejection or even the occasional bout of anger. If a child wants something, he finds a way to get it. Usually the first 10 No’s do not register. After the 11th, they just change the tone.

    Their persistence can teach us a lesson on how to accept failure. Just don’t consider it a failure, until you succeed. If that is the way we move forward in life, success will follow through.

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  • Mattel Play! Town Dubai Review

    A few weeks ago, we decided to hit City Walk, Dubai’s newest hot spot. Naturally no family outing is complete without a kid’s activity for Azlan so we closed in on Mattel Play! Town. And we loved it!

    Mattel Play! Town is a themed edutainment play area featuring five different play areas; each based on a different cartoon series. They include Bob The Builder, Fireman Sam, Angelina Ballerina, Thomas and Friends and Barney. The costumes with each theme adds to the charm of the place (and obviously the photographic value for us, parents). Continue Reading…

  • 6 Essential Things to Do before having a baby

    Being a mother has made me appreciate the finer (and even the less finer) things in life. With my new baby tailing you everywhere, I just compiled my wish list of things to do before having a baby.

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