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Nightly News with Safa

Watching the news as adults has a profound effect on our mentality and mood. I have definitely noticed this myself as a Mom, especially with the Syrian Revolution the past 7 years. I am from Syria and so watching the news of the oppression and violence there broke my heart.

But I realized something: watching continuous videos and broadcasts on the news made it harder for me to focus on my kids. That was just a sad reality. It made me feel helpless and hopeless honestly to watch everything going on.

Now, I read the news in articles instead of watching it. I also try to limit the amount of time I spend on the news daily. I make duaa for my family and all the people of Syria and all around the world who are facing oppression and violence. I try to do what I can to help, whether with raising awareness or with monetary donations or now with my writing. I ask Allah and hope that I will be able to increase empathy for others with my words.

But I also realize that my biggest responsibility is raising my kids right. And doing that is by paying attention to them and listening to them, and making them future leaders of tomorrow that can change this world.

ان الله لايغير مابقوم حتى يغيروا مابانفسهم

“Verily never will God change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves “

(Quran 13:11)

This picture book by Halal Musleh and illustrated by Metahatem - Hatem Aly addresses the issue of news being distracting for Parents. It tells the story of Safa, who comes up with a plan to get the attention of her mother, who is always busy watching the news. She makes her own news box and broadcasts her day in a newscaster voice. The pictures are engaging and cute, and I love the creativity of Safa in getting the attention of her mom and turning the news into something fun!

Get yours at the Prolance website for 12 dollars


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