Thanksgiving and the holidays can be an especially lonely time for those whose families live in other countries, those who are struggling financially or physically, or those who have lost loved ones. It reminds us so often of who and what we are missing so dearly in our lives.
So in the spirit of being mindful of others I hope you are able to reach out to someone who may be alone or struggling or sad and tell them how much they mean to you and lift them up with your kindness and acknowledgement of their presence. Perhaps even invite them over or bake them something nice!
When some ask me about why I had three children, I jokingly tell them that because I don’t have much family in the states, I had to make my own. There is a lot of truth to that joke. I always felt the sadness of being away from my family especially during the holidays. And despite having made my own family, the sadness still tugs at my heart from time to time.
This year I have decided to treat my own little family to a Thanksgiving feast. Who more deserving of the fine china, flowers, candles, and feast than the ones I love the most and who support me and love me back the most?
I am thankful for many many things as each day is a gift and one I cherish deeply. That said, it’s the perfect time to thank YOU! Thank you for all your likes, shares, and comments! These gestures and your involvement reinforce my belief in strengthening our community one blog post at a time.
And of course it wouldn’t have a Persian Momma touch if I didn’t add some humor to it, so I have decided to “enhance”my turkey this year with 5 cc sub glandular lemon implants. I am hoping for lots of giggles 😉
If you’re looking for a fun science-inspired Halloween experiment with the kids, try making Oobleck together! Never heard of Oobleck before? You’re not alone! The first time I heard about it was when I was in engineering school. Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid; it has properties of both liquids and solids. If Silly Putty and Slime had a child together, you would end up with Oobleck. You can slowly dip your hand into it like a liquid, but if you squeeze the oobleck or punch it, it will feel solid. It has to do with the non-linear relationship of shear force and the viscosity of the fluid. Did that make sense? The name oobleck comes from the Dr. Seuss book, “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.”
It’s super easy to make. All you need is cornstarch, water, and a little shampoo if you want it to smell good and food coloring if you want to make it a certain color.
Start the food coloring into the water in a bowl or tub and add the cornstarch a bit at a time.
Keep stirring until it has a gooey consistency. You’ll want to use your hands.
Tap your hands and slowly sink yours hands in to feel the difference in consistency when applying different pressures at different speeds. Or if you’ve made a larger quantity in a tub, jump on it and walk slowly on it to feel the difference.
Dads always do things differently from moms but that is what makes them magical. To all the exceptional fathers out there who are superheroes in their children’s eyes, and present in their every day lives, Happy Father’s Day (Roozeh Pedar Mobarak)!
We have been subscribed to Oznoz for over a month and a half now and I am beyond thrilled with this site, the shows they provide, and the fact that we finally have options in Persian! I have three kids, a daughter and two sons (ages 8, 6, and 4) who are bilingual, with Persian being their second language. My kids go to Persian language classes and are learning to write in Persian. However, as learning any second language can be daunting, these classes are really forced and not that fun for them. So for every assignment they do I reward them with a cartoon from Oznoz over the weekend and they love it! I have even heard them sing the tunes to Hezar va Yek Shab (1001 Nights) around the house. They plead me to watch the shows. This in itself is a great testament to the entertainment Oznoz provides. However, as a parent, entertainment alone is not enough for me to allow them to watch a show. There are certain guidelines I have when allowing my children to watch TV or any show. The show must lack profanity and violence, and be educational or provide an ethical or moral lesson. And thankfully Oznoz seems to have the same guidelines as myself! My kids mostly watch episodes from Mixed Nutz and 1001 Nights. I feel like I’m sneaking in a dose of Persian language through their favorite medium, which is the TV! It’s a win-win for both the parent and child.
I also love the convenience of Oznoz because we have downloaded it to my iPhone and iPad and occasionally stream it to our TV with the use of Apple TV. It’s user-friendly enough that my kids can log in and choose their shows themselves. I also like that their shows are not too long so that my kids are not sitting in front of the TV/computer for hours on end. I wish I had known about Oznoz sooner so I could’ve subscribed to their Elmo and other early-education programs when my kids were younger.
Thank you to Oznoz for providing this amazing resource not only in Persian, but many other languages around the world. It’s great because I intend for my children to learn Spanish. And as soon as I get them started on Spanish lessons, I will be sure to reward them with their favorite cartoons in Spanish! Another notable advantage to the site is that they can watch the same cartoon they watched in Persian, in English. So if they are having a hard time relating to the cartoon (which is not the case for my children but I can see it being so for a multicultural family or children who have had no exposure to the new language before) they can also complete their experience in their preferred language.
I also decided to ask my kids in a fun little interview-style video of why they like it and here are their responses:
And here is a fun little blooper with our youngest chiming into the interview 🙂
If I can encourage even one person to workout, weight lift, and take better care of their body with this picture, that is what I intend to do! We mothers often put everyone’s needs before our own. I never took the time to workout regularly after I had two little ones. But after my third child, and feeling particularly out of shape, I took matters into my own hands and decided to join a gym and get a trainer. That trainer was the first chapter of me learning to push myself and overcoming my fatigue due to sleepless nights and breastfeeding. A hidden consequence of that was strengthening my mind and spirit as well. I became happier, and felt better. Just being away from my responsibilities for an hour freed me and awoken the urge to be with my children. You can’t miss your children if you’re constantly with them. My gym habit has become such an integrated part of my life that I feel lost without it. It’s my form of meditation. I shut off from all the worries and responsibilities of the world, look at myself straight in the mirror and dance, move, stretch, and lift with the music. I truly believe a fit momma is a happy momma. Being fit doesn’t mean being skinny. It means fighting for your health and focusing on bettering yourself day by day and little by little. So take some time for yourself and “detox” from all your worries.
I’m not perfect and may never be, but striving for perfection is my goal and mission!
What have you done for your mind, body, and soul today?
Thursday, April 2nd 2015, will be Sizdeh-be-dar (Out with the 13th), the 13th day of the New Year and the day the Haft Seen is put away. Traditionally this is the day you go out for a picnic with your family and friends in hopes to rid the bad luck of the 13th. Sprouts are often released in a river to take the bad luck with them.
And I read this wish for Sizdeh beh dar in Persian and couldn’t help but wish it for you all of you (and loosely translate it for my non-Persian-speaking friends):
امیدوارم با جمع کردن هفت سین نوروزی، کتابش نگهدارتان، آینه اش روشنایی زندگیتان، سکه اش بارکت عمرتان، سبزه اش طراوت وشادابی دلتان، ماهی اش شوق ادامه زندگیتان را به شما هدیه دهد
Omidvaram ba jam kardaneh Haft Seeneh Norouzy,
Ketaab negahdaretoon, ayeneash roshanayi zendegitan, sekkeash barekateh omretoon, sabze’ash taravat va shaadaby deletoon, mahiash shogheh edameh zendegitan ro beh shoma hediyeh dahad.
I hope that with putting away your Haft Seen, the Holy book acts as your protector, the mirror reflects it’s light into your life, the coins bless you with longevity, the sprouts offer you happiness, and the gold fish present you with the zeal to carry your passion forward.
Pishapish Sizdeh Be Dar mobarak! An early Happy Sizde-be-dar!
Wishing you all a very Happy Persian New Year. Norouzetoon mobarak! May your health be optimal, your love life phenomenal, your problems solvable, your vacations tropical, your success unstoppable, your enemies invisible, your friendships and love invincible, and your year blessed with everything wonderful <3 #PersianMomma #Norouz #Norooz #Nowruz
It’s Chahar Shanbeh Suri چهار شنبه سوری (Tuesday March 17 2015)! This is traditionally known as the Festival of Fire and is celebrated on the eve of the last Wednesday of the year and serves as a prelude to Nowruz. It is a festival rooted in the beautiful and ancient Zoroastrian religion and involves jumping over a small bonfire to wish away illness for the New Year and hope for the energy and vitality of the fire as a purification ritual.
Another tradition on this night is Ghashogh Zani قاشق زنی which is very similar to the Halloween trick or treating. Ghashogh zani (ghashogh means spoon and zani means striking). This tradition is rooted in the belief that the living were visited by the spirits of their ancestors on the last day of the year. So children pretend they are the ancestors and disguise themselves in shrouds going door to door striking pots with spoons to rid the bad luck and are offered treats.