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Jailan Heidar

Jailan Heidar has 16 articles published.

Why Your Child Bites and What You Can Do to Stop It

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Two months ago my toddler started biting. He had never exhibited any signs or desires to bite on anything other than his toys. Like most parents we assumed it was probably a phase and excused his behavior because he was teething. Every parent has that moment of panic when they realize their child is a…

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How to Start Preschool without the Drop-off Drama

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September marks the start of the school year and many parents will be sending their kids off to nursery for the first time. It’s an exciting and scary time for both parents and children, but there’s a lot you can do to help prep your child (and yourself!) for this new transition. Get to Know…

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7 Ways to Make Moving Easier for Your Child

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Moving is a stressful experience for everyone. The process and changes can also be particularly confusing for toddlers and preschoolers. Luckily, we’ve got the 7 techniques to help make your transition smoother for everyone, making it an enjoyable experience of new beginnings rather than a battle of resistance. Prepare Your Child Talk to your little one…

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5 Ways to Introduce Your Kids to Ramadan Traditions

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It’s that time of the year again…Ramadan is here! Every year we get preoccupied preparing for the occasion, and while every family prepares differently there are definitely some cornerstones that are common in almost every family during the month; charity and family time. Ramadan in Egypt is full of both aspects. We’ve put together some…

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What Makes You a Unique Parent?

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Being a parent is an amazing journey as well as continuous hard work. It’s got its own ups and downs and sets of challenges and definitely doesn’t need added external stress. As parents we can sometimes get sucked into comparing ourselves and kids to other families. We may also feel bad when others criticize or…

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What No One Tells You about Becoming a New Mom

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Becoming a mother is a life changing experience. In an instant you’ll have this little person to take care of and who will need you attention. You’ve probably already heard about the sleepless nights you should expect or the potential colic babies can have. Maybe you’ve had talks with friends about how your relationship with…

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#MotherhoodMondays: It’s OK to Not Be a Supermom

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Lately there’s been an emphasis on pushing women, especially mothers to “do it all”. What started out as support to women has seemingly now turned into putting more pressure on mothers to keep up with the supermom image; an image that is increasingly unrealistic and sets high expectations which in the end cause burnout, resentment…

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Happy Mom, Happy Baby: How to Take Back Your Life and Sense of Self as a New Mom

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Becoming a mother, especially for the first time, can be an overwhelming process. It brings along a whole bunch of emotions; joy, fear, love, anxiety and (notoriously) lack of sleep. The first few months, and sometimes years, can become consumed with tending to another human being’s needs. Almost every hour you ask yourself, ‘Does he/she…

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Childcare: Teaching Your Child to Tidy Up

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Children’s rooms are notoriously messy. Parents spend the end of the day bent over picking up toys or stepping on Lego pieces. Young children may love making a mess of things, but they are also capable of helping clean up. Surprisingly, they also love it once they’re done and can feel a sense of pride…

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Childcare: Tips for Teaching Manners

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Every parent is concerned at one point or another about their child’s manners. These unavoidable situations come up almost daily; saying please and thank you, greeting an aunt or uncle and going out to eat. What behavior should parents expect from young children and what are they capable of? Young children are actually capable of…

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Childcare: Dealing with Death in the Family

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The loss of a parent or close family member is difficult at any age. It can be especially confusing for young children since they can’t really grasp the concept of death. For children under 5, some child development experts have labeled losing a parent as a traumatic loss. As a parent, you are also dealing…

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8 Ways to Make Divorce Easier on Your Kids

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Dealing with divorce is challenging across all fronts. One main concern is how to help your children deal with the divorce and maintain a healthy relationship with them when you aren’t with them every day. These are a few ideas to help your family transition and maintain a positive relationship throughout and beyond the divorce…

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