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Rachel Rich

Rachel Rich
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Rachel was born and raised in central Pennsylvania. She discovered the beauty of the South Shore, Scituate in particular, in her early twenties when she worked as a district manager selling Cutco Cutlery. She still owns her first set and uses them daily when cooking for her husband John and four small children! After returning to Pennsylvania to earn her teaching degree from Penn State she set off to Massachusetts to realize her vision of marrying John, moving to Scituate, and becoming a history teacher. For ten years, she taught middle schoolers the fascinating history of the ancient and medieval worlds. She has an MA in Special Education and is a certified Reading Specialist as well as licensed History and ESL teacher. Even though she loved teaching she finally let go of the working mom life after having baby number four. She and her husband currently have one boy, Ethan(6), and three girls Chloe(4), Layla(2), and Sadie(14 mths). The surprisingly quick transformation of her life provided her with a wonderful opportunity to reinvent herself! Always wanting to write, she finally found the space in her new SAHM life to begin. BMB and blogging are just the beginning! Bring it on: Hot Yoga, organization of all things, dancing to party music, cuddling with her babies under a heavy blanket watching movies, coffee, purple, and babies. No Thank You: Judgement passing, thumbs up emoji, waking up early, driving in the rain, skipping nap time, talking over someone else
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Staying Calm and Present This Holiday Season

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If the holiday season doesn't go the way you envision, there's always next year. Let’s not forget that the season is about the joy and the meaning of our holidays, not the junk, or the events, or all the things. You do the holidays your way, I’ll do them mine, and everyone else can go about it their way. Let’s go into this holiday season happy and excited with sound mind and presence so we can enjoy our children, our faiths, and our families — and a little of all the extras.
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Bully Proof Your Child with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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From learning and practicing jiu-jitsu, a child becomes stronger, faster, and smarter. When faced with a bully, a child with a jiu-jitsu background is not likely to back down. When bullies sense this unyielding confidence, it is more likely they will back down before engaging. A child who has self-confidence in his ability to defend himself will exude that. This can prevent many bullying encounters. At the same time, jiu-jitsu instills humility.
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Trusting Intentions :: Showing My Children How to Be the Good

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I am choosing to show my children how to be the good in the world. I want to teach my children how to give people the benefit of the doubt. I want them to learn how to communicate with people when they are unsure, confused, or hurt. I want them to be able to accept people as they are and not what they think they should be. We all have learned some lessons on our life journey, and all of us have missed a few lessons. So instead of passing judgment on one another for being an authentic, flawed human, let's embrace the idea that most of us out there really just want to be good and trust their intentions.
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Raising Boys to Be Good Men :: Addressing the Judgment of Today’s Boys

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Our young boys should be allowed to explore their world, question it, try it on, take it off, and dabble in it to find out how they fit into it. All young boys are able to learn, grow, and become good. It is when we start to let fear drive our parenting that we lose. If our son’s non-threatening behaviors at 6 strike fear or question in another, it is on them, not us. I know I am raising him to be the good in this world and the man he is meant to be. I am tired of trying to show the world my perfect child in perfect form. So I show the world my son today. As far as I’m concerned, he is perfect just as he is right now.
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Coping with First Trimester Fatigue

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I finally had to crush my husband’s idea that I was supermom. I had him believing I could handle all four kids, plus lunches, dinners, activities, and household duties while pregnant. But once I accepted reality, I had to bring him into the light as well. I told him I needed help. I couldn’t do it all like I could just a few weeks ago. My superpowers had been transferred to the growing baby, and I was reduced to cat-like status. Please do more, rub my feet, and let me sleep curled up in a ball. He has responded wonderfully.
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The Summer Game Plan With Lots of Kids

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We also want to make sure we don’t forget to do the things that are often forgotten about in the midst of big plans and special opportunities. We will go to the public library and check out books. We will lie on the ground and look at the clouds and daydream. We will take morning walks on the beach and throw rocks into the ocean at dusk. Ice cream is for certain, as are walks by the lighthouse and around our neighborhood. We won’t forget about riding bikes, shooting hoops, blowing bubbles, drawing with chalk, and searching for wildflowers. And we will grill and eat outside, play with water balloons, go swimming, play tag, roll around in the grass, search for bugs, catch butterflies, and be lazy and bored.
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The Grind of Motherhood :: How I Coexist With It

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I am crazy busy these days, but as I look at what my time is going to, I genuinely feel happy with all of it, even when I am stressed. I have allocated my time to things I have wanted to gain exposure to, participate in, or learn. That said, I am ready to find my way back to the days of calm.
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Tips and Tricks for Managing the Large (or Busy) Family

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As soon as I became pregnant with number four, we gave in to the call of the minivan, started looking for a bigger house, and began researching large families. I knew I was going to have to uncover some secrets and learn the ropes of managing our new, larger family. While I haven’t quite found or mastered all the tricks, here are a few I’ve come to rely on.
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Why I Left the Career I Loved :: Becoming a Stay-at-Home Mom

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I thought I could be great at mommying while being great at teaching. I planned birthday parties, attended school events, packed five lunches every night, and scheduled play dates and outings. By social media standards, I was killing it. But I wasn’t. I was on autopilot, and there were glitches I had no time to catch or fix.