Muslim Kids Netflix? WHAT?!

Before I had the blessing of becoming a mother, I *thought* I had my motherhood style figured out. I knew that my kids would only be fed home-cooked meals made with love, their clothes would be pure cotton or linen, they would be home-educated in a far away exotic land where we would be living off-grid completely self-sufficient and in tune with nature technology-free. Fast forward a few years and well, some of those things ring true – we are living abroad (Turkey could be considered exotic and far-away!), home-educating and eat mostly home-cooked meals with organic veg when possible!

We aren’t quite technology-free or self sufficient because living far away has meant technology has become somewhat essential and necessary – a way of communicating with family and the greater virtual community at large. Living away from family alongside home-educating can sometimes be tricky to manage. How do I get the cooking and cleaning and the list of chores awaiting me? My daughter often reads as her form of entertainment but with her reading speed; we often find ourselves already needing another trip to the library to stock up. Side note: my daughter reviews books she reads on her blog if you would like to check it out, click here. So sometimes, I am slightly ashamed to admit, that although we don’t own a television and never have. I occasionally turn to Netflix or YouTube to source meaningful or educational videos my daughter can watch whilst I get the cooking done. However, there isn’t much out there that is something I am comfortable with her watching and even if we do manage to find something on YouTube, I find the adverts can become a bit of a nuisance!

Long story cut short – enter ALI HUDA TV, dubbed Muslim Kids Netflix! I was offered an opportunity to review this an ad-free subscription based service, similar to Netflix that has a variety of shows catering to age. I like that we can search for shows according to age or content (Arabic, Nasheeds etc). Our favourite shows currently are ‘Mini Reflections’ and ‘Everything Kids’.

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It is also available on multiple devices including iPhone and iPad as well as Android – which makes it ideal for travelling!

Interested? You can sign up for a 7 day free trial and get 50% off your first month (just $3.98 for the first month and $7.95 after) by using code: NOMADIC. All you need to do is go http://tv.alihuda.com and scroll to the bottom to sign up for the trial and enter code: NOMADIC

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Disclaimer: I was given a free trial for purposes of writing this review. All opinions are my own. The code is an affiliate code

 

 

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Bedtime with children: 3 tips from my experience

Peace all,

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I know bedtime is a big parenting struggle, and so I thought I would write a few words from my own personal experience. These are some things I discovered along the way. Some may seem pretty obvious, some may not. My intention is to put this out there in the hope that it may be of some help.

The following three things worked for us:

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  1. Ensure your child is well-fed:

 It is hard determining how much sleep your child needs on a given day, especially if they are going through a growth spurt. My daughter can have a huge appetite on some days, and barely touches the food on her plate on others. There have been nights where I have exhausted myself in trying to get her to sleep, and then realised that perhaps she is hungry. Eating late at night is not ideal, especially after she has brushed her teeth and completed her bed-time routine, BUT it gets both of us out of what could be a stressful situation. And, well, who doesn’t fancy a midnight toast or some yummy dates dipped in cashew butter?!

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    2. Use up all that energy!

I picture winter as a cosy time of hibernation indoors in which we all snuggle up with hot chocolate on the sofa. The heating is on, our toes are warm, and my daughter is snuggled up in bed. Except sleep does not come so easily. Again, another ‘aha’ moment is that we didn’t even set a foot outdoors today (home-schooling con’s!). As a result, I try and ensure (whatever the weather/season/country) that we get ourselves out the door, breathe in some fresh air and get playing, walking/hiking, running or anything active. On the days that we aren’t afforded the luxury of the world outdoors for whatever reason, we resort to indoor activities like yoga (here’s a link to our favourite Cosmic Kids Yoga youtube channel), or just turn up the music and get grooving (or in my case, tripping over and knocking things over). Sometimes, we chase each other and jump on beds, tickle-fight or pillow-fight. Kids need to be moving and active, and tired enough to sleep soundly.

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  3. Establish a bed-time routine

I cannot stress how important routine is for my child. It is hard, I admit, between the moving and travelling, but we do my best. I found that my daughter thrives when the day is more predictable; when her body knows when to start winding down. Find what works for you. Maybe a bath, brushing teeth, pj’s and then a bedtime story. A song, a du’a (prayer) or a warm drink (chamomile tea is a good choice) that signals bedtime is here (although I can’t promise that the kid/s will be happy about it!) . Give yourself at least an hour to wind down and get the routine started, and try to begin the ritual at the same time every night if possible. Some kids need a comfort item like a blanket to help fall asleep, but our daughter never got attached to anything (well, not counting me, that is). Take turns with your partner, if needed, to give yourself some space and time too, as a mother.

As mamas and babas, no day is easy but the rewards are tremendous.

And the best part of sleeping is waking up to each other in the morning with messy hair and funky breath, and hearts and eyes full of love and gratitude.

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