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Jumana’s Bio

Jumana is the co-founder of The Happy Box and proud mom of her daughter, Ayla. Inspired by the work of her UN diplomat father and with over 10 years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors, Jumana’s skills as a philanthropist, strategist and fundraiser seemed like the perfect fit when she worked as the Head of Corporate Planning and Development at Dubai Cares.

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The Importance of Saying No To Your Children

Why didn’t anyone tell me how hard parenting is? Don’t get me wrong I love my little one and I can’t imagine my world without her. Everything I do and every decision I make is made with how it will impact her in mind...  

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Posted on October 23, 2017

Benefits of Art Therapy for Children with Special Needs

Art is a wonderful venue for people of all ages. Open the world of art to children and the sky is the limit. Now unlock the wonders of art for a Special Needs child and amazing things can happen.  

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Posted on July 24, 2017

How proteins help your toddler grow and develop

You know that feeling you get, the one where you could swear your little one has grown overnight, and well it's probably based more on reality than you think. Children grow at an unbelievable rate. As much as we love them when they are tiny, and oh so adorable, they are simply little growing machines.  

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Posted on November 30, 2016

Happy Mama = Happy Child! My secret to a happy family.

Before the arrival of my bundle of joy, I was certain I could have well, everything. A wonderful relationship with my husband, a great career, continued closeness with my most intimate friends and  

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Posted on October 27, 2016

Why is Early Childhood Education so important?

Separating from your little one is necessary at some point in time but that is not to say it is an easy step for parents to take. If given the option many of us would wrap our little one in a snug cocoon to keep them safe from harm, disappointment and hurt.

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Posted on September 22, 2016

Papa’s got it !

The world, so it seems, recognizes, reveres and instinctively knows the importance a mother plays in her child's life. A father's role is not nearly as well defined or recognized.

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Posted on August 18, 2016

It Takes a Village to Raise a Toddler

Your little one is born and days are filled with sleeping, eating, growing and communicating. As time passes we watch in awe as they continue to grow and develop at an amazing rate.

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Posted on July 10, 2016

Spread a Smile this Ramadan

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Posted on June 06, 2016

5 ways to stimulate your child’s brain power!

Learning and growing are a natural part of every child’s development but why not give them an extra push in the right direction. You’re already helping them in ways you probably don’t even know. Try adding or utilizing some of these fun family activities into your daily routine and unlock even more of your child’s brainpower! Here are few great ideas to help get you started.

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Posted on May 25, 2016

My mini-me

Acting just like mommy starts when your baby is a newborn, and doesn’t stop for years! It’s a milestone of development and our children’s way of learning about themselves and discovering their identities, and we, as parents, are so incredibly privileged to be able to influence that.

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Posted on March 27, 2016

MAKE 2016, THE YEAR OF GIVING

My father was a philanthropist and dedicated his life and career to enhancing the lives of children, families and communities in need globally through his work with various UN agencies. For over 40 years, he has helped hundreds of thousands of families gain access to education, healthcare, livelihood, peace and security. He was and still is my hero and someone I aspire to be.

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Posted on January 27, 2016

Quantity is Not Quality!

Life is busy, schedules are hectic and it is often difficult to find “extra” time. We know we need to spend “quality time” with our kids but just how do we do that and is it really such a big deal? The answer, it’s not as hard as you may think and yes it is a big deal!

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Posted on December 10, 2015

The Journey of Happiness with Jumana

The joy that motherhood has brought to my life knows no bounds. I had no idea what to expect when my daughter Ayla was born, on a beautiful summer’s day in Montreal, Canada. I had been dreaming of having a child for years by then – it felt like motherhood was the only thing missing from my life. I was married to my best friend, my husband Suhail whom I have loved as a young teenager and whom I am lucky to get to walk hand in hand through life with.

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Posted on November 10, 2015

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15 Minutes of high-intensity interval training for busy moms!

I’m sure you’ve heard of HIIT workouts before, right? If not, well then read on and thank me later. HIIT is an acronym for ‘high intensity interval training’...Read more

Posted on November 22, 2017

The Importance of Saying No To Your Children

Why didn’t anyone tell me how hard parenting is? Don’t get me wrong I love my little one and I can’t imagine my world without her. Everything I do and every decision I make is made with how it will impact her in mind... Read more

Posted on October 23, 2017

10 tips to set a sleeping routine for your toddler

Let’s face it: some of you would say that it’s too early for a one year old to get into the habit of regular sleeping patterns and some of you would fear it might be too late any time after. Read more

Posted on October 03, 2017

7 Best Family Beaches on the Arabian Peninsula!

A relaxing day at the beach is a great activity for families! Here are five amazing beaches located in different places around the Arabian Peninsula that are perfect to visit with your kids. Read more

Posted on September 20, 2017

9 simple desk exercises for working mamas

As a mother with a full time job, one of my main struggles is finding the time to work out. I truly believe that this struggle extends to almost everyone. Time is fleeting and we feel it every day. Read more

Posted on August 28, 2017

Benefits of Art Therapy for Children with Special Needs

Art is a wonderful venue for people of all ages. Open the world of art to children and the sky is the limit. Now unlock the wonders of art for a Special Needs child and amazing things can happen. Read more

Posted on July 24, 2017

Ways to help your mom and toddler stay active!

The importance and necessity of exercise in our daily lives is often forgotten, especially here in the Middle East. This is evident in our health-related statistics like the high rate of diabetes, obesity, heart diseases, and the list goes on. Read more

Posted on July 06, 2017

5 family summer escapes for Eid Holidays!

Are you planning a family vacation for this summer’s Eid break? The perfect places to spend Eid Al Fitr are locations where one can relax with beautiful scenery, recharging after Ramadan and enjoying quality time with the family. Read more

Posted on June 15, 2017

Make time to care for your own well-being mamas!

As a mother, you need to look after yourself - after all, your mental and physical health has never been relied upon or tested more! Here are three simple self-care steps that will help you: Read more

Posted on April 27, 2017

10 steps to boost your child’s immunity when travelling

Travelling can be fun and relaxing but it can also be stressful especially for us moms. At the end of the day travelling and seeing new places takes a toll on both adults and children. Read more

Posted on January 31, 2017