Its has been almost half of the holy month of Ramadhan. I hope all of you are coping well the usually Ramadan hectic schedule.. You know, the sahur, the fasting, catching up with tarawikh and tadarus… May Allah bless us all for our efforts. InsyaAllah..
Like previous years, my husband and I always bring our children to the masjid. When I was a kid, my parents always brought us to the mosque, even when we don’t pray, we will sit at the back trying to finish our homeworks.. Nahhh… I was just kidding, we play at the back with our masjid friends :D
So, this year, we are glad both our girls are big enough to handle themselves. That means no more rolling on the floor by the pillars. They are quite independent, easily make new friends and starting to make noise! Haha.. that part I’m not really proud of..
I just wanna share with you some of the things that I do when I bring my toddler to the masjid. These are the things that I do to make sure my girls are familiar with the environment and I feel confident leaving them playing at the back..
Bring them often to the masjid. So they will be familiar with the place, make some new friends and be comfortable with the environment.
With toddlers, I can’t pray at the front saf, not even in the middle. Just in case of emergency during solat, (like B suddenly wants to go to the toilet!!) it’s gonna be very difficult for me to get out of the saf. So what I do is, I pray at the last saf or at the side end of the saf. Not a good advice, I know but I have toddlers to take care. As long as I still get to follow the imam, I’m fine..
Carry one bag that they know it’s yours. I have one particular bag that I bring to the masjid. And they know by heart that it’s mine. Familiarity is important. So they know where to find their things in the bag while you are performing solat.
Put your bag (refer to #3) behind you (rather than in front of you). Why? So they can find you easily when you are performing solat. You’ll never know what kind of emergency these kids can have and seriously I want to avoid them from screaming “mommehhhh” out loud!
Make them occupied. I’ll bring some colouring books and colour pencil so they can do something together with their friends. I don’t give them gadgets because I’m afraid they might lost it (and I can’t concentrate during solat). Eeekkk..
Bring something for them to drink (duh.. everybody knows that!) I bring their milk and plain water along and keep it in the bag (refer to #3 again!). If they need something to drink, they can just spot that bag and dig it themselves.
Sometimes, I wear different colour telekung.. and I will tell them like a thousand times before solat.. ” Bella.. Tasha.. mommy is wearing brown telekung today! You must remember this colour because they will be many people at the masjid” Bella will say.. “OK mommy..” and Tasha will just do her whatever face! Haha.. Wearing different colour makes it easier for them to spot me among the crowd.
It’s not as simple as that bring the toddlers to the masjid. It can be embarrassing too.. The other day, Bella and Tasha were together with a few of their nursery friends, and they made their own performance of “Let It Go” while we were in the midst of our prayer. OMG! That was loud and emotional singing from them! Another day, they found someone’s umbrella and played with it in between saf. HOMAIGAWD! I was really scared if they accidentally poke someone with the umbrella.
That brings me to tips #8
Apologize profusely to the jemaah!!
So, that’s my story with B and T at the masjid.. another part of the story is about this bag…
I got mine from Gin&Jacqie. A local brand and makes a lot of functional bags and bag organizers. I used a lot of Gin&Jacqie bag organisers for most of my totes.. or otherwise, its just a black hole with too many stuff in it. Hahahha..
I like it because it is simple, not too striking with a hint of and pink! I think both B and T also can recognise this bag easily because of the pink colour! And now Gin&Jacqie is having a promotional offer for this bag!
This pretty and functional G&J canvas tote comes with the Organize Mary. That is the name of the handbag organiser that I have inside the bag. I have quite a few of this handbag organisers myself (in different colour and sizes to match my other totes!! Hahaha). I love it’s functionality, different pocket sizes and that little top handle that makes it easy when I’m changing my totes..
Probably Gin&Jacqie one day should have Organise Halina as well! Hahah…
The original price for this tote bag (RM85) and Organize Mary (RM64.50) is worth RM149.50. However, they are having a promotional discount for BarelySupermommy readers… (Yup, that’s you ladies!!!) The offer price is RM73 for both! This offer valid from July 1 until July 10th, 2015!! And you can enter SUPERM15 at the code area to redeem your discounted price on their webpage.
Why wait! July 1st until July 10th ONLY ladies!! Happy shopping!