As home to the culture of motherhood and land of perpetual challenges, the Middle East naturally fosters bloggers that have mastered the art of parenting. Here, the five best.

1. —  Yasmine El-Mehairy defies every stereotype: she’s not married, she’s not a mother, and hers is not a personal blog. But she has the recipe that’s helping one million Arab parents become super-moms: advice from the experts.

2.  – “How do I explain to her how I both love and hate the abaya? How when she is older she will also wear an abaya when she is here and not wear one when we travel?”. These and many other questions explain why Ya Maamaa is such a popular website on Saudi-style parenting: She is authentic. You will adore the rhythms of her writing, and fall in love with her kids.

3. GazaMom.comFrom lice control to border crossings, this Palestinian journalist manages to blend harsh scenes of siege with the everyday quibbles of motherhood–without any irony. Author of the book ‘Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything in Between‘, Laila El-Haddad illustrates what raising children between spaces and identities really means.

4. Sandier pastures — Non-SAHM, or non-“Stay-At-Home Moms”, will find a kindred spirit in this blog, written by an expat mother living in Dubai. She packs everything from sibling rivalry and homework procrastination to getting back into pre-pregnancy shape back and making the best of desert life in one snappy platform.

5. Homeschooling Middle East — For those groundbreaking parents who aim to give their kids an alternative to traditional education in the Arab region, this multicultural, mixed-religion family shows how home-made education can be achieved even in the most challenging places.

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Valentina Primo

Journalist, globetrotter, and determined idealist. Since Valentina left her home country of Argentina, she has searched for ways to build bridges between cultures and foster dialogue. Her previous work in international organizations in Italy and Germany fed her passion for the world of development, while her 8-year journalistic experience in Argentina and Egypt increased her curiosity for everything that challenges the stereotype. She holds a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Peace Studies with a specialization in Human Rights.

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