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A proud mom and a passionate school principal. I write to share my journey and experiences.

Prioritize, set expectations, reward, give them choices, be patient and nurturing.

Parents often ask the following questions throughout the year:

  • How are my kids expected to do homework after a long day at school?
  • How can I get my child to sit and start solving math problems, writing essays, or memorizing science definition?
  • I have four children with a full schedule of extra-curricular activities: driving to hockey rink, gymnastics classes, art classes, soccer, piano and tutoring lessons. How can I manage homework?

Do you relate to those questions? Do you experience the same struggle? What works for your family?


People with accents, are not only smart enough to speak two, three or more languages; but are successful enough to integrate and navigate through a new culture, system and a whole lot of institutions !

The minute you start speaking and people notice your accent, a conversation gets sparked about your background. There is always a story behind every accent and people are curious to hear all about it because accents can provide a window into our social backgrounds.

How does your accent affect people’s perception of you? First impressions matter. Do you dress to impress, or talk to impress…

Valuable lessons learnt to help strengthen sibling relationships

Sisters are the greatest gift- Ghada Sadaka

I grew up in a household with three siblings; two older brothers and a younger sister. We were raised in a very loving family, despite having my two annoying brothers overprotective of us girls; and a baby sister who shared all her love, compassion and humour with the whole family.

I love my siblings with all my heart until death do us part.

My sister and I shared one bedroom with two double beds, a dresser, two bookshelves on both sides of the beds and one closet. …

Practical tips to keep yourself and your family clean during this unusual time.

I am not a health professional nor do I have any specialties in treating viruses. I am just a clean freak mom who reads and researches extensively to find the best way to keep all my house surfaces, food shopping, clothes and shoes sanitized during this COVID-19 pandemic.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends we all take steps to clean and sanitize high-touch surfaces in our homes. Below, I get into the nitty gritty of how long the virus might last on surfaces, which disinfectants may kill it, and the steps you should take to keep clean.

It is very…

Is it psychological? is it real?

My fibromyalgia pain got so bad to the point where I was not able to lift my right arm to wear my winter jacket. I had sharp pain that felt like stabbing in my right leg as well, so I decided to go visit a physiotherapist. While working on trigger points she says to me: You do know that your pain is just in your head, right?

All in my head? No. It’s in my arms, elbows, knees, legs, kneck, glutes, you name it. My neck hurts when I move in both direction, especially in the morning. My legs hurt…

Useful ideas to keep kids engaged while schools are closed for Covid-19

When it is time for Arts or Music, kids get very excited and energetic. They express their reasoning, creativity and problem solving skills, and it is sure to exhilarate them!

How can you achieve this sense of contentment with younger kids at home? What are some ideas to help them express either their happiness, boredom, or that unsettling feeling they’re having without their daily school routines and social interaction with their peers. Parents don’t necessarily need to be artistically inclined to help with the following crafts:

  • Collage

Educational tips for parents and kids to continue learning while being in isolation

I was seven years old when the civil war started in Lebanon. It was scary as hell hearing missiles flying above your roof and not knowing when it will land on your house. From our high rise building, we often had to go downstairs to the first level or when possible, to the underground parking lot so we can be sheltered from rockets and missiles.

We slept on rugs and woke up with no sense of time. Was it day time, night time? There were no windows — so we couldn’t even tell. We ate to fill our stomachs and…

What are the positives of COVID-19?

CORONA for me stands for time to do the following:

Cooking, Organizing, Reading, Optimism, Networking and Adjusting

Staying positive doesn’t mean you have to be happy all the time. It means that even on hard days, you acknowledge that there are better ones coming. Be a leader of positivity everywhere you are, whether at home, at work (if there is any) or any health institution that may require you to be an agent of change for the better.

We all are hiding out during this difficult times and trying our best to figure out what the next few months will look like. We start to ask ourselves…

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth (Bible verse)

Spreading love and patience is what we need nowadays more than ever!

The minute you wake up in the morning and you tune into any media outlets, you get bombarded with loads of negative news including COVID-19, crime, war, terrorism, hunger and pollution, inequality, drug abuse, oppression just to name a few. What shall we do to stay calm? Anxiety is on the rise and mental health is soaking up all of our resources.


The mainstream press have become spreaders of exaggerated and alarmist opinions rather than news. They are drawing on more audiences to sell their negative advertisements. I am convinced that we need to be current, informed and aware of…

To all migrating women who left their homeland, parents and friends to start a new life in a different country…You did it!

Women migrating

Strong is the one who in her youthfulness

Left her family, friends, and homeland searching for a better life

At a time when women finds in their fifties

They still cannot live far from their mothers

Strong is the one who finds herself in front of overnight

Great responsibilities, new life, and strange people

Different customs, traditions and dialect

She tries to coexist, adapt and integrate with them

Strong is the one who gets sick and tired

Goes to the doctor and finds everyone with their mothers

Diminishing their pains while she grieves herself

Because she cannot tell her mother…

Ghada Sadaka

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