Mommies & daddies – there’s a great new app for our lil’ ones in town and you have to try it out! I’ve always been a great enthusiast for apps that encourage kids to learn languages and this one is targeted to strengthen their Arabic skills.
The app is designed by NA3M Games, which was founded to fill a void in Middle East gaming industry. Founded in early 2013, NA3M (New Arabic Media and “yes” in Arabic) is based in Amman, Jordan. Their wide range of global products ranges from racing, to education; adventure and competitive games. The new app, Yalla Huroof, allows players to dive into a mystical world filled with new ways to learn Arabic. Players are encouraged to complete objectives by learning new letters and words through drawing letters on the screen. They can also unlock new animals and objects to play with as well as cause earthquakes, make fireworks explode, and feed their animals and watch them play with each other while players move through the island learning Arabic.
Parents, please visit the app store and give Yalla Huroof a try, your lil’ ones love it!
My life has been a series of chaotic, yet joyous, moments this last year. Everyday I tell myself that this is the day I will start writing about it. Problem remains that, while I definitely don’t have a minute to myself to put two words together, the events that have taken over my days are just too big to explain. It’s not just about my lil’ one anymore; but my three amazing children. My thoughts are no longer limited to my beautiful girl, but also about my twin baby boys. I’ve gone back to thinking about milk feedings, how to deal with picky eating in babies, diaper changing, and sleep randomness.
Dealing with twins has been a challenge, to say the least. Not only does the difficulty lie in the fact that I now have three children instead of one, but also in having to literally do everything twice. The first few months were a whirlwind of sleepless nights and constant feeding. My babies were born at 33 weeks, and little did I know that premies were so much harder than full term infants. They had no clue how to drink milk from a bottle, and were so tiny that we held them in the palm of our hand. Slowly though, they’ve grown into two babies that have take over my heart and mind. Along with my lil’ one, these babies have become my entire being. As I watch them grow day by day, I am thankful for every minute spent with them.
I am told that things will only get more difficult before they get easier. But, quoting Winnie the Pooh on this who is wiser than I thought possible for a chubby cartoon bear, “rivers know this : there is no hurry, we shall get there someday”.
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Getting ready for a second child bears nothing in resemblance it seems to the first. With my first pregnancy, I had all the time in the world on my hands – time to shop for the baby, prepare the nursery, time to sleep and relax, to eat, anything I needed to do. This time around, my days fly by taking care of my lil’ girl – driving her to school and play dates, making sure she doesn’t feel the change about to set in and doing my best to keep her happy and adjusted.
So, during the few hours I have free while she’s at school or sleeping I’ve been hectically trying to prepare. I find shopping in this city for baby things a tad tiresome as there are no ‘one stop shops’. At least the nursery has been taken care of finally and looks amazing I’m happy to announce! Even my lil’ one has given her stamp of approval, and so generously allowed us to finally move her crib out of our room and into the new nursery.
But, in the end, this is a joyous time and I’m doing my best to enjoy it. Will keep you posted mommies!
I’d like to wish all my wonderful readers out there a very happy new year. May this coming year bring you only joy, peace, and love and keep your lil’ ones safe and warm in your arms.
It’s not easy, trying to make sure that our lil’ one remains fluent in both Arabic and English. We make it a point to speak in both languages to her, ensuring that she knows the words and phrases just as well in either. Our lil’ one has even started speaking French, thanks to efforts from her preschool!
I found this guide to be useful- some tips on raising multilingual children. Hope it helps!