What do you spend your time doing each day? What do you spend your energy thinking about, worrying about, and being entertained by? Are you living mostly according to your physical identity or more in alignment with your spiritual identity?
In this post we will read a quotation about how children are affected by the daily choices parents make, and reflect on how we can utilize the Bahá’í prayers to grow ourselves spiritually. We will consider how praying can help us maintain focus on what really matters in life… in an effort to be the best people, and parents, we can be.Read More
When I was a child, the Declaration of the Báb was always such a magical day. The special night time commemoration, the wondrous story of Mulla Husayn’s search and his meeting the mysterious Youth (the Báb) at the city’s gates… it seemed like something out of a fairy tale, yet it was all true!
It’s almost time to celebrate this special Holy Day again, so here are a few ideas for how you can help convey the wonder of the occasion to your little ones. We would love to hear your ideas as well, so please leave them in the comments!Pin It Read More
Dear Enable Me To Grow readers,
Because miscarriage is a very personal topic that is not often discussed, I have decided to open up about my recent experience and share some of the quotations and stories from the Baha’i Writings that helped me through this very emotional test. Over the next two days two of my articles will appear on a website called Baha’i Teachings.
Although miscarriage is experienced by at least 20% of women at some point in their lifetime, it is not always talked about openly and people often suffer in silence. Mothers, as well as fathers and other family members, bear the emotional pain of losing a baby they will never know, and the world around them is for the most part oblivious.Pin It Read More
“Young and old, in cities and villages around the world, are taking part in a process of community building based on concepts enshrined in the Bahá’í Teachings.
This uplifting film [Frontiers of Learning] captures the insights and experiences of children, junior youth, youth, and adults—in Canada, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and India—whose efforts to build vibrant communities are at the frontiers of learning.” (from the Frontiers of Learning website)
If you have not watched Frontiers of Learning yet, you will want to do so as soon as you can! It’s about 90 minutes and is incredibly inspiring to say the least. If you don’t have an hour and a half at one time, the video is conveniently broken up into four segments (one per featured country) so you can watch it over the course of a few days. It is definitely worth the effort!
Here is just a short quote from the video that is especially applicable to us as builders of the New World Order and as parents (22:30):
Red Grammer is one of the premier entertainers of children and families in America. Described by Parent’s Magazine as “the best voice in children’s music” Red has set the gold standard for writing and performing music that playfully reconnects each one of us with the best in ourselves. Teaching Peace, named by The All Music Guide as “one of the top five children’s recordings of all time” and the recipient of a rare Parent’s Choice Classic Award, was followed by the multi-award-winning recordings- Down the Do Re Mi, Red Grammer’s Favorite Sing Along Songs, and Hello World.
Beloved by children and parents around the world, Red’s children’s recordings are also a treasured resource for teachers who use them to communicate the themes of caring, excellence, oneness, and diversity in a language kids instantly understand and eagerly embrace. BeBop Your Best! Music To Build Character By is his new Grammy nominated collection of songs for Kids of All Ages. (From Red’s website)
In this interview Red shares the story behind his music, how the Bahá’í Faith has influenced his work, and a few words of wisdom for young parents today.Read More
We’re almost ready to launch our second CD, “At First Light” Volume 2! This CD contains the 20 prayers from the Radiant Hearts lessons.
You may remember that we held an arts exhibition to celebrate the launch of “At First Light” Volume 1, which you can see here. You and your children are now again invited to submit a digital photograph of a piece of art about our CD’s title “At First Light.” The artwork will be added to the arts exhibition page and three artists will be selected at random to receive our CD for free! The deadline for submission is 24 May. Find more details below.Read More
Ever feel pressure to be “right” when consulting with your spouse? In this post we will read a quotation about what Bahá’í marriage is and explore how focusing on unity can help us to foster a more peaceful and loving home.
Last year on Enable Me To Grow we compiled some ideas about bringing the Ridvan Festival to life in your home. Check out that post here, where you can see homemade tents to set the scene for storytelling, a flower board to count down the days Ridvan, a garden made of felt, and more.
This year we will share some ideas for adding some child-friendly elements into your community’s Holy Day program. Or your family may even like to host a Ridvan party for your children’s friends! I had the pleasure of hosting our sector’s Holy Day program last year and will share the details from our event in this post.Read More
Radiant Hearts was developed to aid families with young children to memorize Baha’i prayers and quotations of Baha’u’llah, and learn about spiritual qualities. The set-up is that each Baha’i month a family studies a new lesson which focuses on a spiritual quality. There is one prayer and one quotation per lesson, each put to music which is available on the Online Lesson. All documents required to implement the lesson are available online, as well.
I would like to share five main points I feel are helpful in implementing Radiant Hearts as a tool for assisting spiritual education in the home. I hope these points help you prioritize which parts of the program are best for you and will also help you enjoy using the program a bit more.Read More
Would you like to incorporate more prayer into your family’s routine?
In this post we will read a quotation about the effects of praying with our children and explore the idea of utilizing Baha’i music to add more prayer time to our days.Read More