Celebrating Fatherhood

On the momentous occasion of Father’s Day this year, UrbanCircle had the privilege of speaking to expatriate fathers across the city. Here’s looking at what they had to say about their fondest memories, expat parenthood and their plans for the special day. Simon Pistilli is an Australian expat settled in the UAE for almost 10 […]

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Parenting through a pandemic: Unforgettable lessons

Parenting through a pandemic. A string of words we never thought we would use together. A string of words we never imagined would become a way of life. Ever since the authorities announced the coronavirus lockdown in March this year, life as we knew came to a sudden stop. Anxiety, uncertainty, fear and exhaustion loomed […]

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How to Interview A Babysitter

Tips On Getting Prepared And Thirty-Seven Useful Questions The most important aspect of hiring a babysitter is getting to know them well before you make a commitment. You should know what your potential babysitter is like, so that you can confidently open your home and introduce her to your children. Finding a company who can […]

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Key to a Peaceful Home: Self-Regulation…but how?

“Would you just look at yourself! What has got into you? Get off the floor and keep moving!” During my December travels last month, I got to share in the wonderful experience that is waiting in the security line at DXB airport. There was an exhausted mother and child in front of me and it […]

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How can you make a healthy lunch box for your kids?

And keep all their other meals healthy and nutrient dense. When preparing your kids’ lunch box, any parent is facing a dilemma: making a healthy meal but also making sure it is going to be eaten. Too much greens… it will come back home untouched. Too little greens… probably not the best for the health. […]

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How do you pick the right after-school activity for your child?

With ever-increasing options and all the potential benefits associated with extra-curricular activities, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Our founders, Banu Akca and Zeynep Guney, have put together their tips on making the right choices to keep your kids happy and engaged. 1. Talk to your kids Understand their interests and ask for their preferences […]

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How can you best cope with Back to School Anxiety?

“My stomach hurts,” your child says in the mornings before school. You have an idea of what’s going on. It isn’t a stomach bug or indigestion. Your little one is struggling with back to school anxiety. Transition back to school can be stressful for children. Even kids who are usually pretty easy get butterflies, and […]

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Are You Back to School Ready? Here’s Your Checklist!

Back to school is a busy time with about a million things to do. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and crazed by the clock’s constant ticking, telling you that time’s running out before school starts, we’re here to help! We’ve put together a checklist to help you keep track of what you need to do before […]

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A Guide to Choosing a New School for Your Child

Where will your child go to school this year? Many schools are wonderful, however the search can be overwhelming and choosing a new school can feel intimidating. What should you be looking for in a new school? How can you be sure that you make the right choice? Here are some important factors you should take into consideration before making your final choice.   Social and Emotional […]

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Transform Your Angry Child: 5 Anger Management Tips

“I hate you!” Your angry child shrieks while throwing every object in sight. As you duck to avoid being hit in the face with a shoe, you can’t help but wonder, “What happened to my little angel I used to rock to sleep?” Big feelings, particularly anger, fear and sadness can result in big outbursts […]

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