Tamara El-Rahi

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Should you tell your daughter she’s beautiful?

Every parent of a daughter will know the feeling – looking at your little girl and thinking: how could anyone be so beautiful? I am certainly guilty of it; I think I experience this every day! My little Emma is just over a year old, and often I can’...

Why Parents Should Play With Their Children

Recently, I’ve come to a realisation: I need to play more with my 10-month old daughter. When she was little, I would put her in her bouncer or on her mat, within view of me and whatever I was doing. Now that she’s crawling, she follows me as I move...

How Motherhood Has Changed over the Generations

The other day I came across this article which showed photos of how motherhood has stayed the same over the years. It’s pretty special to think that the overflowing love, the joy, the struggles, the tiredness and so on, is a constant for mothers -...

Feminine Beauty that Endures the Ages

In London, the National Portrait Gallery has opened a major exhibition made up of images of Audrey Hepburn, called “Portraits of an Icon”. And as noted by this article in The Conversation, it portrays a world of difference from the celebrity status...

Motherhood: The Ideal vs Reality

When I was pregnant, my husband gifted me with a book called “No more perfect moms”. While I am by no means a perfectionist, he knew that I would have high expectations of myself as a mother - basically that I was subconsciously assuming that I...

Should Life Be Happy or Meaningful?

It’s the never-ending question – even if it is rather a subconscious one. What makes for a good life? We all strive for happiness, but does that do the trick? According to this article from Time, the type of life we are after is one that is...

Hormonal Contraception Linked to Depression, Study Finds

It’s been reported by many smaller publications, but finally the big news sources are onto it: the pill increases your chance of developing depression. This time, the statistics are coming from an article in a leading journal, JAMA...

5 Reasons Millennials Don’t Want Kids

Last week, I came across an article that cited nine reasons that millennials don't want to have kids. And even though its tone was more similar to that of a childish rant than an article (so much so that I won’t even link to it here), it did bring...

5 Things Your Kids Will Remember About You

Parenting is hard work. It calls on mothers and fathers to really forget themselves and put their kids first. So it’s no wonder that sometimes, we take shortcuts. We buy them a toy rather than spend more time with them; we lose our temper rather...

Childhood Chores are a Predictor of Success

I think it’s pretty common for parents to think that their kids’ success in life will be guaranteed by things like learning their A-B-Cs at age one, enrolling them in a host of extracurricular activities and making sure they have all the latest...