Bahai Mom Blogs

Featured Website: Enable Me To Grow

Since its inception one year ago this month, the website Enable Me To Grow has become the go-to resource for Baha’i mothers of young children the world over.  Created by two mothers seeking to nurture their own children, it has filled a void by providing materials for the spiritual education of children four and under.
The Radiant Hearts program in particular has attracted attention as one of the few systematic resources for educating young children spiritually.  This online multimedia program offers a new lesson every Baha’i month based on a virtue such as patience or friendliness.  (There is even a bonus lesson for Ayyam-i-Ha!)  Through carefully crafted activities and songs, children and their families learn a prayer and quotations about a spiritual quality and gain experience putting it into practice.  Best of all, since the program is geared towards young children, each activity lasts only 5 to 10 minutes and can be done with simple materials found in most homes.
But Enable Me To Grow is not just about how to nurture your little ones, as valuable as that is.  It is also an aid in one’s own spiritual growth, something that busy mothers often neglect in their attention to their children.  EMTG seeks to mend this by providing materials for both reflection and practical application.  For example, listed among the “Mama Treats” on the Free Resources page are a reflection journal as well as a fun game for a group.

And now, Enable Me To Grow has launched a new endeavor, Soulrise Melodies.  This musical duo is made up of Chelsea, one of the co-founders of Enable Me To Grow, and her husband Zafar.  Participants in the Radiant Hearts program will already be familiar with the couple’s musical talents, as the songs they composed were part of each month’s lesson.

Now these songs, originally posted in rough format, are available as a beautiful professional recording, “At First Light,” now on CD Baby.  These lovely tunes were intentionally designed to be short and easy to learn, so that families of young children could learn and sing them together.

Chelsea and Zafar created this album based on their own experiences as parents of two young boys.  They witnessed the effect that regular musical devotions had on their family and wanted to share this experience with others.  “At First Light, Volume 1” (featuring 20 quotations of Baha’u’llah) is the result of this desire, and they are now back in the studio to record Volume 2 which features 20 Baha’i prayers!

For a sneak preview, go to the Soulrise Melodies page to download a track from the album.

To learn more, visit the Enable Me To Grow website and Soulrise Melodies.  You can also follow EMTG on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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This article was written by Leanna, who blogs about raising global citizens, spiritual education, and natural parenting at All Done Monkey.  She is so excited to be part of the Baha’i Mom Blogs!

Featured Blog: All Done Monkey

for-button-2This month we feature All Done Monkey, a blog focused on “embracing the magic in the madness of motherhood.”

Its author Leanna is a stay at home mother to a sweet, funny, rambunctious three year old boy.  She also recently gave birth to her second son.  Leanna has Masters degrees in Anthropology and in Library and Information Science, with a focus on Latin America.  Her blog focuses on spiritual education, natural parenting, and raising global citizens.Leanna started All Done Monkey in March 2012 but you would be surprised how extensive her archives already is.  Leanna has covered not only many topics on her own blog but her posts have also been featured on many other blogs as well.

World Citizen Wednesdays - Alldonemonkey.com One of her undertakings has been organizing a group of likeminded bloggers around the idea of raising global citizens.  One of her regular posts on the subject is World Citizen Wednesday.  Each week she poses a question to members of the group she formed called the Multicultural Kid Blogs group and then shares their answers on her blog.  You can find out more about the group of bloggers by visiting their Facebook page, subscribing to their Facebook feed, following them on Twitter (or find them using the hashtag #multiculturalkids, or following their group Pinterest board!   They are even organizing a website, coming soon.  To find other related posts about the idea of raising multicultural citizens, click here. 
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Leanna also has a range of posts that cover ideas to support natural parenting.  These include subjects such as nursing, cloth diapering, and healthy foods.  You can find her natural parenting posts by clicking here.
Regarding posts related to the Baha’i Faith, you can click here to find a list of posts which include things such as activities for Holy Days and ways to inspire spirituality in the home.  Leanna has also been the key blogger for Baha’i Mom Blogs, and started the Feature of the Month we have here every month.  Each month a new blog is selected and Leanna organizes someone to feature one of the blogs.
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Another one of Leanna’s latest collaborations includes a series on Random Acts of Kindness.  She was inspired by an amazing post about a blogger who dedicated her birthday to committing random acts of kindness and pulled together a group of her favorite bloggers to commit to doing similar days with their little ones.  The results were in a weekly series on All Done Monkey, beginning on November 5 and running through to December 19.  Find the series by clicking here.
Leanna’s blog is a  wonderful resource for parents of young children, and older children as well.
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This article was written by Chelsea, whose blogs you can find a list of here: http://chelseashomebase.blogspot.com/

Featured Website: Elika Mahoney

This month we feature Elika Mahony.  Elika’s website is dedicated to her music and her passions. Elika is a musician, pianist, artist, a photographer, a mom of two and a wonderful person who has lived large portion of her life in Africa, briefly in Israel and Hong Kong and now resides China.

Elika’s love for music and composing started from the age of 5 when she first studied the piano. She takes her inspiration from the Bahá’í Writings and from her family. She puts the Bahá’í Writings to music and records her own original songs and instrumentals. Her music is suitable for any age group.Elika’s recent CD “Glimmerings” is in the List of 10 Best New Age Albums of 2012.
Elika also paints and she makes lovely handmade cards and prayer book covers. Her artwork reflects her beautiful soul.
Elika blogs about her creations, her love for photography and about her life. She enjoys spending time with her 2 children – Taraz and Amelia – who have grown to inherit Elika’s love for music and compose and perform together with her as well.
Elika is very passionate about everything in her life, whether it is her music, the Bahá’í Faith, her family, cooking, art or her friends. Knowing Elika in person I must say I am honoured to have such an amazing friend in my life!
Coming from a Persian background and growing and living in many different countries has made Elika a true world citizen. Her family has been serving in China for over a decade and continues to serve and be a wonderful example to the people around them.
For more, please visit Elika’s website, follow her on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Pinterest.
~~ This article was written by Varya, who blogs at Little Artists about encouraging creativity development in children. She is excited to be a part of the Bahá’í Mom Blogs!

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