Author Archive | Betsy Stern


Be Kind to Yourself, Mama

Yesterday was one of those cold, brutal winter days where you can’t even take your kids for a walk outside, let alone let them go sledding or build a snowman. We were stir crazy and bored, and I woke up crabby and overwhelmed. My husband, in an attempt to find something fun for us to do, […]

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Why Ya Gotta Be So Cruel?

My almost-4 –year-old started preschool up again last month. When I picked him up on the playground, instead of running gleefully into my arms like he hadn’t seen me in 3 hours, he ran the OPPOSITE direction screaming, “HELP! Get away from me! I don’t want to see you!” like I was a monster coming […]

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You are Enough

Recently I received a text from my best friend, an exhausted but glowing first time mother of a sweet baby boy. I could tell by her message that she was feeling down. Her baby hadn’t been sleeping well, she was feeling anxious about sleep training and guilty that she wasn’t eating more organic foods to […]

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Confessions of a BAD MOM

As I write this post, my three year old son is watching TV and eating goldfish crackers. I am such a BAD MOM. If you look around my living room, there are toys and crumbs and dirty socks and sippy cups and snack cups everywhere. I am such a BAD MOM. It gets worse if […]

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My Child ISN’T Perfect

The other day I picked my 3 year old son up from preschool, holding my breath. “Well,” I asked, “How did it go today?” His teacher, very sweet and very diplomatic, says, “It was kind of a tough day today…”  And my heart sinks. For the past few months, my son has struggled socially. After […]

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Five Tips for Transitioning from 1 Child to 2…or More!

While pregnant with my second child, I heard over and over again from friends, acquaintances, and random strangers that the transition from one child to two (or more!) was the toughest for them, even tougher than going from zero to one. Kids are exhausting; no question about it, but there’s something particularly tough about transitioning […]

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