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Pre-Ramadan game plan for busy mums

May 19, 2017

ramadan for busy mums

Every year, I tell myself that I will make this Ramadan better than the last one and that I will accomplish all sorts of goals and nearly every year, I fail miserably. I was reflecting on this a little while ago and realised that it was because I failed to plan. It dawned on me that I was expecting Ramadan to fit in with being a mum, a wife, work, home keeping, and everything else and that just set me up for failure every time. I needed to work everything else around Ramadan not the other way round.

I was also setting unachievable lofty goals or none at all, and that didn’t help either. So this year I thought about what I wanted to achieve and how I was going to do it. I looked up several resources that were incredibly useful and wanted to share them all with you just in case you’re wondering how on earth to do Ramadan with young children.

How to create a pre-Ramadan game plan

I created a simplistic game plan (you can download mine at the end of this post) to enable me to see my goals every day in the lead-up to Ramadan and to be motivated to achieve them. The game plan outlines what you need to get done before Ramadan even begins. I go into all of these in more depth in the video below, but to summarise, it was important for me to:

Set spiritual goals in advance 

So I had plenty of time to research ways that I would actually achieve them. I go into more detail of how I came up with these in the video below.

Come up with an activity list 

So that I can ensure the kids are out for a minimum of 2-3 hours every day. For us, bedtime runs a lot smoother and this is also a way for me to work in some exercise. I use the Hoop app and our local online gazette to look for activities that the kids can participate in and mix it up with days at the park.

Thoroughly clean the house 

Not a spring clean, but a thorough clean so that come Ramadan time, I’m just following my daily cleaning routine and not ‘catching up’ or spending hours scrubbing drawers or doors when I really should be focused on ibadah.

Get Eid dealt with 

Absolutely everything Eid related, done before Ramadan begins. The kids’ outfits ironed and in their closets, our outfits ready and waiting, gifts wrapped, and any decorations done so it’s a quick hang-them-up job only. If you do food gifts for friends and family like I do, get your recipe ready, the packaging, labels, cards, and ingredients (if non-perishable ones) all in the house and waiting. That way, again, we’re not exhausting ourselves completely in the last couple of days with additional things that could have been handled much earlier.

Come up with meal plans 

This is the bit that can be difficult. We prepare dinner as we normally would, nothing special, but I feel like my brain doesn’t work when I need to sit and come up with a meal plan and shopping lists when I’m fasting. I intended to come up with a meal plan for the entire month, but then I saw this Ramadan 30 Day Meal Plan and I was sold. I bought it almost immediately and love it. It’s going to save me loads of time inshaAllah and the recipes are easily adaptable to exclude meat or add meat or make other dietary changes. I’m really looking forward to trying them all this Ramadan.

Make it special for the children 

They’re at an age where they really seem to be able to grasp what Ramadan is all about. I want to ensure I’m making the month special for them too, as opposed to just going all out on Eid instead. So we’ve finished working on our decorations (read about them here)and our good-deed calendar (learn how to make it here) for Ramadan. Our food gifts for family and friends are the last things we have left to check off. The kids deliver these and wish the recipients Ramadan Mubarak 🙂

If you’d like to learn more about my pre-Ramadan game plan, watch the video below:

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10 Comments

  • Reply Chelsea May 19, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    This is such a great idea. I’m not a mom but still there are lots of resources in here that I want to check out! They all look amazing maa shaa Allah! Also jazak Allah khair again for featuring the meal plan. I’m so happy you like it! Can’t wait to see how you use it with your own personal touch 😉

  • Reply Hafsa May 20, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Really lovely video mA! I just finished writing out my Ramadan ideas – great tips and advice – thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Aicha May 20, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing this it’s very helpful and informative I’ll try it this Ramadan,

  • Reply Afra May 20, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Ohhhhhhhhh lovely video and loved hearing your voice 😉 Great ideas mA, theres also a meal plan ideas that was released by another fitness junkie sister in Canada, it’s free I will send it to you remind me. But great ideas I really need to get started ASAP smh….

  • Reply Janet Kozak May 22, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Totally agree that cleaning the house is a must! I have carpet cleaning on my to-do list for this week and many of my friends are prepping their yards in advance of Ramadan as well: no one wants to be living in a jungle by the end of the month. Thanks for the tips!

  • Reply Amina Edota May 23, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Yes Masha Allah, it’s always a great idea to set out goals in advance – helps to prepare mentally and psychologically.

    These are brilliant resources you have shared, pray we can make the most of our fasting month. It’s been exciting counting down to it .

  • Reply Zainab Dokrat May 23, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Love this I think mums need a game plan because things may get pretty intense around tarawee and even iftaar. Also who wants to spend all day doing endless chores when you could spend time praying. Having a game plan is a life saver even if you aren’t a mum lol or you will procrastinate the month away :/

  • Reply Sainab Sharif May 23, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Get Eid sorted before Ramadan, now that sounds so simple, can’t believe I had never thought of it! Such a great idea!

  • Reply Asbah Alaena May 25, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Masha Allah buddy! you are just awesome :/
    wow! so much to look up to sisters like you guys – so wow you have your grocery done too. masha Allah!

    Luckily we dont have to cook every day for Ramadan since all of the aftar/dinner/taraweh is arranged at the local masjid.

    But I know I am a pretty un-organised person and i need inspiration to start working on this aspect of myself. I remember your last post about organising meal planner – and now this one as well, (also checking the sites/links/apps you have added here)

    Many duas for your ease and may we learn from you 🙂

    oh and sorry for this incoherent comment – took me 3/4 hours with many intervals to complete it 😉

  • Reply Yousra Naeem May 27, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    This is Such an interesting idea❤ Totally loved it💕

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