With her hair in a bun and a baby doll on the head, the little girl who would become her mother, Nouria, stood in front of the mirror at her mother’s office in the Bronx.
“It’s not a lot of money,” she said, trying to make sense of her new job as a child care manager.
“I’ve always been a child-care worker.”
Nourias mother is a social worker.
But when she started to see the need for more flexible hours, she took the opportunity to become a nanny, a role that has helped to transform the lives of her four children.
“My children love it,” said Nouría, who works part-time and has a toddler.
“They always say, ‘Mommy, what you doing here?'”
Nourya, now 11, is the youngest of four siblings and the youngest child in the family.
She is the only one of the girls who has been in school, so her mom has to do all the work.
Nourios mom has a passion for children, and she and her husband, Rafael, started a nursery school to give them the tools they need to be successful.
Nuram Nour-Diyani Bab, the founder and director of Nur-Nur Babi, is a mother of four and a teacher.
She and her partner, Rafael Nouriyan, started the nursery school and Nur Bab was named after her son, who is now in preschool.
(Photo: Nur Amini Babi) Nur, the name Nouriyani is an indigenous Arabic word that means “mother” and refers to the child that grows up with her parents.
She started the school as a way to give her children more independence.
“One day, Nur told me she wanted me to work in the nursery because she wanted to help my family,” Nourina Babi said.
“And so I said yes.”
The idea grew from her love of teaching, and Nour Babi saw a potential for children to be educated at home.
“When I was young, I wanted to learn to sew and sew with the children,” she explained.
She decided to teach kindergarten through fifth grade and started the Nur Nursery in 2009.
Babi has had a huge impact on her children, who have become the envy of other parents.
“Nur is so much more than just a teacher,” said Rafael Nuriyan.
“She has taught me so much about the world and how to work with people.”
Nuri, who has three young children, said that he and Nuri are still learning and trying to find the balance between teaching and being a parent.
“We want to do more than teach and be a parent,” Nuri said.
Bab, Nuri and Rafael also work at a soup kitchen, where they serve meals for children.
Bab said the food is not always delicious.
But she said that she is grateful to have a role in the community.
“In the United States, we don’t see any other role that is so vital,” she added.
“The way I work is really important.”
The Nur nursery was born from the idea of a woman who cared for a whole family, and the Babs are proud of the fact that it is their only child.
Bab is a grandmother and said that in order to maintain her family’s health, she has to spend most of her days in the kitchen.
“There are times when I feel like my whole life is on the line,” she told USA Today.
“My husband has to watch out for us and be the person who keeps us going.”
She also said that her daughters are growing up in a more loving and supportive environment, which is something she never experienced before.
“Their mother is an amazing person and they are so loving,” Babi added.