How Does One Deal with Being Betrayed by a Parent?

How Does One Deal with Being Betrayed by a Parent?

by Andrew Rafik

  That was the day I grew up. The day I stopped being a 16-year-old teenager and became a 16-year-old man. The revelation took my breath away. I tried so hard not to smash the bathroom mirror as I stood there by myself, looking at my reflection, feeling betrayed, with a voice in my head […]

To Arab Fathers On American Father’s Day

To Arab Fathers On American Father’s Day

  To the men we call yaba, baba, bobs or daaaaaaaaad. The men who taught us everything from tying our shoes to changing a tire. You were the first superhero we knew and are still just as heroic. In your eyes, we are a nawari excuse for a child, but you’d never hesitate to claim […]

Psychology of the Arab Dad: Decoded

Psychology of the Arab Dad: Decoded

Arab fathers have a unique bond with their children. For instance, they are rather distant yet quite attached to their daughters and have a supervisory yet open relationship with their sons. Arab fathers are usually shy of showing emotion – after all, they are the caretakers and providers for the family, they cannot look vulnerable […]

Diaries of a Bride to Be: Close Call in Tahrir

  Note: I feel like I’m writing a lot of these notes! Anyway, THIS post is going to be a surprise for my dad, because he doesn’t know about this little trip that Yassine made BEFORE the decided date when they were supposed to meet (Sorry, Daddy!) So I thought you guys should know that […]

Diaries of a Bride to Be: Telling Dad

Diaries of a Bride to Be: Telling Dad

In the first part of Lenah’s story about breaking her relationship with Yassine to her parents, she finally confesses the details to her mother, whose reaction is priceless. After answering a million and more questions, she rushes to bed before her protective father comes home and fights off waking nightmares about him choking her alive! […]