Parent of the Year 2019: Ameenah Muhammad-Diggins
Entrepreneur. Author. Motivational speaker. Mother.
Her Nominator Says:
Ameenah Muhammad-Diggins is a successful entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker, and mother. She has been listed in HuffPost’s “Top 25 American Muslims.” Her recent published book, Bashirah and the Amazing Bean Pie is the first Muslim children’s book transformed into a play at the Please Touch Museum. Her daughter, who follows in her mother’s footsteps, was recently posted in Dove’s Soap self-esteem project and in Essence magazine. This mother-daughter duo is doing phenomenal work, and we cannot wait to see what other great works they have to share!
Get To Know Ameenah
What is a favorite quote that inspires you?
“O you who believe! Seek help with patient perseverance and prayer, for God is with those who patiently persevere.” –Qur’an 2:153-157 Surah Al-Baqarah
How do you find balance?
I am asked this question a lot. This is no easy answer because whatever we give energy to, expands. If we focus on one thing for a long time, other parts of our lives suffer. The only way to have true balance is to make sure our priorities are set early on. What type of life do we want to live? As we work on our own goals are we working towards our ideal life or just keeping busy to keep busy? If things need to be done but will pull us away from creating an optimal life… delegate. Every mom needs a team of people.
If you could go back in time, what is some parenting advice would you give yourself the day your first child was born?
Be present. Love this little one. Take good care of you, mom. Everything will be okay and even if it’s not okay, it will still be okay.
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