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Our blog is aimed at collecting resources for mothers to intentionally cultivate their own spiritual growth as well as nourish the spirits of their little ones.  It will offer both inspiration (“Being…”) and practical tools (“Doing…”) inspired by teachings of the Baha’i Faith.

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Radiant Hearts

Radiant Hearts is an online multimedia program aimed at helping families with young children learn Baha’i prayers, memorize short quotations from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, and study spiritual qualities together.

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Here at Enable Me To Grow our mission is to offer resources to help families walk a spiritual path with practical feet.

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Five Tips for Praying with Children

“Thou didst write as to the children: from the very beginning, the children must receive divine education and must continually be reminded to remember their God. Let the love of God pervade their inmost being, commingled with their mother’s milk.” – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Chelsea has written about five tips for praying with young children on the Brilliant Star Magazine website.  You can read her article...

Article on Motherhood as a Noble Profession

“O ye loving mothers, know ye that in God’s sight, the best of all ways to worship Him is to educate the children and train them in all the perfections of humankind; and no nobler deed than this can be imagined.” -Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 138 Chelsea has written an opinion piece about what this quote means to her in her daily life as a mom, which has been published at Bahaiteachings.org.  Hop over and read the article by clicking here.  Feel free to share...

Launch of “At First Light” Volume 2: Sing Along to 20 Baha’i Prayers

We are very excited to announce that our CD “At First Light” Volume 2 is now available!  This CD contains the 20 prayers which are featured in our Radiant Hearts lessons. It is US$9.99 and can be purchased and downloaded through CD Baby by going here. If you have been following our website for a while, you may remember we launched Volume 1 containing 20 quotations a few months ago in February 2013.  Shortly after launching that CD we started recording Volume 2, and are happy now to make...

Incorporating the Arts into Children’s Classes (Guest Post: Sophia Wood)

This is a guest post by mother, artist, author, and children’s class teacher Sophia Wood.   In our children’s classes we try to encourage creativity through the arts and sciences. I try to facilitate (get the ball rolling) and then let them take off with their creative wings. Here are some examples that we have done in our classes: We created wings of joy to fly with (after singing with the ukelele and running around with our arms out). We have made maps of virtues where the kids get...

Sharing the History of Radiant Hearts

When I became a mom, I felt totally unprepared for what was facing me.  And I don’t just mean the choices about baby products and the sleepless nights, although all that by itself was overwhelming already. I recognized the incredible responsibility of mothers as the first educator of their children, and was daunted by the task ahead.  I was having trouble figuring out how to keep the house clean, laundry washed, and food on the table!  How could I nurture my child’s spirit with prayers and daily devotion?  How...

Virtue Library: Books to Help Teach About Spiritual Qualities

Nowadays there are so many resources out there for teaching children about virtues.  Our Radiant Hearts program is one of these: the 19 Online Lessons focus on a spiritual quality (such as friendliness, courtesy, or patience) and contain 19 simple activities appropriate for children under 5 complete with printables, songs to listen to online, and more – therefore one activity for every day of the year (there is also a shortened Online Lesson focusing on Ayyam-i-Ha). The program also offers a quotation and prayer for each lesson, including a...

Reflections on Physical Identity and Spiritual Identity

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…...

5 Ideas for Celebrating the Declaration of the Bab (Guest Post: Leanna GM)

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...

Finding Comfort after Miscarriage (Prayer Song Download Included)

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...

Exciting Video and New Developments in the World

“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...

Let Bahá’u’lláh Inspire You: Interview with Musician Red Grammer

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...

“At First Light” Arts Exhibition – Celebrating the Launch of Volume 2

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...

Using Consultation to Achieve Unity in Marriage

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.   Quotation The true marriage of Bahá’ís is this, that husband and wife should be united both physically and spiritually, that they may ever improve the spiritual life of each other, and may enjoy everlasting unity throughout all the worlds of God. This is Bahá’í marriage. (Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from...

Ridvan Holy Day Program Especially for Children

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...