Meet Me

Hey there folks!  It’s me, Muslim Mommaholic! I’m a mom of 3, a wife, a doctoral student (studying social justice education), an unschooler, and an avid traveler. But, really, these are all just labels you may or may not find helpful in trying to figure me out.

In truth, I’m an observer. I watch the world, and this is the place I use to share my findings. (Actually, this is my vacation home.. Check me out on Facebook or Instagram to see where I really live!)

I initially created this blog to serve as an alternative to ‘standardized parenting’—parenting in the box. The idea that children must look, sound, feel, behave, and learn a specific way. I struggled to find my place as a newly stay at home mom. Even moreso as a minority. This became an outlet for me. A safe space to voice my thoughts about parenting and raising Muslim children in America.

My children have grown quite a bit since I started writing. I have too. My writing, my focus, my opinions, my voice.. They continue to evolve along with me. Today I find myself concerned with instilling a strong Muslim identity in my children just as much as I am in raising critical thinkers.

To all of you reading this, whatever brought you here, I welcome you. Despite our difference, our love and hope for our children is the thread that unites us all.

Peace,

Saira Siddiqui

[If you want to contact me you can email me at admin@confessionsofamuslimmommaholic.com]

24 Comments


  1. you’ve been a stay at home mom for 2 yrs…I’ve been a stay at home mom for only 2 weeks and i’m going insane, my brain doesn’t function properly, and my reflexes have slowed down. but blogging isn’t my thing…as i cope with staying awake at night, i’m trying to figure out how to gain back the brain cells i’ve lost in the past 2 weeks. *sigh*


  2. Word on the need for mental stimulation. With two babies ( a year and a half apart) I’m currently a stay-at-home mom as well. Going back to work when my first child was 8 months was the hardest thing I did since my first was born. I love working with the stimulation and development that it gives me as a growing adult, but I love being able to witness and guide the development of my children more. So I commend your efforts to combine your need for stimulation with your babies’ need for guidance. I hope to gain motivation and hidayat from this blog and I pray that we all can help each other towards Greater Goals, insha’Allah.


  3. ASAK
    Just wanted to thank you for your blog. I feel like I have found a new friend! I have been a stay-at-home mom since my first child was born (12 years ago). I have 2 kids who were 11 mths apart. Nine years later, we were blessed with our 3rd child. While being at home is what I have chosen, I have to admit I have been on the verge of insanity at times. I commend you for doing this! Meeting new people has always been hard for me. But, I really want to! There has to be people out there like myself, right? Husbands are great but craving girlfriend time! Thanks again!


  4. Thanks so much Hena! I can completely relate… I don’t know where I would be if it weren’t for the circle of moms who surround me and help me get through the days.. And, umm… husbands do NOT compare! lol


  5. Hi there!! I love that you started this blog!!

    while I am not Muslim, I have lived in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Dubai and have many muslim friends! I am currently in New Zealand and about to return to Dubai in a few months (will be traveling through South America and Africa first!).

    Great blog!!


  6. Salaams you!

    I’ve come over from the Visionaire group, saw your link in your signature and became curious. Loving your blog it’s brilliant. I can relate really well to the excel spreadsheet thingy, I had my little ones “vitals” on my phone too – started as soon as she was born – Nurses came round to check when she was feeding and how often and I just handed them my mobile – they did chuckle!

    Anyhoo, bubba has turned one and I have started a new venture: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Uzma-Asghars-Women-of-Impact/189238164505722

    Need to be doing something to keep my brain from going to mush. xx


  7. Asalaamu calyekum sister,
    MashaAllah i love reading your posts. I have a question for you. My 4 year old has become interested in learning more about jannah. do you have any suggestions for books for his age something thats easy to understand fun and interesting?

    JAK and keep up the good work.


  8. Hi Saira,

    Just finished reading your ‘toy fast’ article in Life Learning Magazine and I loved it! We’re life learners too, living aboard a small boat (currently in southern Spain). Your article was inspiring. Eighteen months ago our laptop broke and we didn’t replace it for about four months. No laptop, no way for the girls to watch their favourite DVDs. The result was two sisters who played better together, played more imaginatively, and were less grouchy! Alas, with a new laptop we drifted back into our DVD-watching ways.

    We live in a small space and don’t own a car so, by necessity, we travel light! I see other families with so much stuff to keep their kids entertained on days out and I manage to carry picnics, snacks, swimwear, changes of clothes, etc in one backpack on my back. Just as you said in your article, children can turn anything into toys and are far more innovative than we usually give them credit for!

    I look forward to following your blog.
    Martina


  9. Martina,

    That is AWESOME! It’s interesting how we only try out these ‘fasts’ when forced.. There have been times when I was ‘forced’ to be computer-less or phone-less, and those were incredible times for me, personally. I love that my children and their experiences help me evolve as well.. As they do better with less, it gives me more strength to force myself to live on less as well..

    Looking forward to keeping up with you as you keep up with me! 😉

    Take care,
    Saira


  10. The article you did on praying might have changed my life. Jazzakarullah khair, and may Allah be pleased with you. Ameen


  11. Slms all, I’m so glad to have found this blog and I’m hoping it’s still active. I’ve been a SAHM for 2 years and I’m loving the satisfaction I get out of bonding with my kids and watching them grow everyday. Yet the fact that my career lasted all of one year and that I keep getting asked ” so when will u go back to work” frustrates me to no end, especially since I have no desire to even think about going back at this point in time. Does anyone else struggle with feeling guilty about not wanting to work?


  12. Salam ladies,

    I am a stay at home mum of 3 yeara old girl and just recently moved to McKinney are in Dallas. I feel so disconnect from thr ‘real world’! At the moment I am trying to find islamic play group or day care for few hrs for my little girl and maybe meet some friends myself, however, its proving to be impossible!

    I do love being a stay at home mum with my baby but now that she is getting older I feel she needs some social buddys of her own age group..but dont know where to look. Any advice/help will be greatly appreciated.


  13. As salaamu alaykum

    I’m a mother of 5,4 young adult ladies and a 3 month old boy 23 years later . I’ve never had the opportunity to be a stay at home mom and it never really bothered me much. I’m scheduled to return to work in a week and the thought of leaving the baby in child care or with a sitter is tearing me apart. I would love thw the opportunity to be a full time stay at home mom!I’ve considered quitting my job to do so but not sure if it’s the right thing to do financial reasons are my issue. Ladies please make dua for me and my situation.
    As salaamu alaykum


  14. Slm 3lykom sisters am I the only one who noticed being a stay at home mom ,your husband becomes more disrespectful. ???


  15. Assalamualaikum, I just read ur blog I felt like connecting to people who love Allah.


  16. First post. I read today of urs…so inspiring ..lokking foward to more iA

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