Becoming a parent is a life-changing experience. In one moment, you become someone else – a mom or dad, responsible for raising another human being who is completely dependent on you. It’s a beautiful moment, usually followed by fear and confusion. How in the world are you supposed to do this?

When my older son was born, my heart was filled with love, and my mind was filled with questions. I decided to address them by doing what I do best – write about it

Writing has been a part of my life since I was a child. I loved writing short stories then (mostly sci-fi and mysteries!). I grew up to become a professional copywriter and then journalist, but left those titles behind to become a stay at home mom.

So, here I am. Raising two boys (Little Dude is five, and Little Guy is almost one), and reaching out to other parents through this blog. 

Sand In My Toes is about being an expat family on the promising shores of Dubai, and also about ‘testing the waters’ as I figure out this parenting thing.

Over the past four years, this blog has grown bigger than I imagined. I was delighted to be featured here: 

BloggerheadsKhaleej Times

UAE Recommended Blogs Expat Focus

6 Mommy Bloggers in Dubai to Follow Scoop Empire 

Top 10 Mummy BlogsMedia Source Middle East

Apart from the accolades, what really matters is that I can share all that I’ve learned with other first-time moms and reach out to them everywhere in the world. 

These are a few of my most popular posts of all time:

Five tips for being a calmer parent

Tips to thrive as a stay-at-home mom

- Ten parenting truths for new moms 

If you have a young one, you’ll find lots of original ideas for doing arts, crafts, and activities with them in my Busy Hands series. The DIY Pirate Hat, Cereal Box Ball Game, and Paper Plate Spaceship are our favourites! 

I also share my genuine reviews of products that we have found useful, kid-friendly places we visit, and family-friendly restaurants we’ve enjoyed here in Dubai and around the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

If you would like to work with me, have a look at my Contact/PR page, or email me for a media kit. 

Don't forget to follow me on Facebook for interesting insights on parenting, and on Instagram for a behind-the-scenes look at my life :)

See you around!

- Tarana Khan Siddiqi

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