Hello internet. It’s nice to meet you.
I’m Betsy. I am a mother of two…three if you count the dog, and four when my husband has a cold…but, really, two: Bug and Babygirl. She’s one. He’s two. And every day is an incredible (exhausting) adventure.
Before we get started, there are a few things that I want you to know:
I have no idea what I’m doing here.
Seeing that on the screen, I realize it applies, not just to writing a blog, but also to parenting, which even the best of us only learn through trial and error. I don’t have any revolutionary ideas about parenting to share and I can’t tell you how to magically get your toddler to listen to you in three easy steps but I am here, writing these words anyway, because so many people have told me I need to be. If those people were honest, though, I think they would tell you that they really wish my two year old would write a blog because he’s the funny one. I’m just the one who writes it all down.
I am not an expert.
Like I said, I have no idea what I’m doing here. If you are looking for the wisdom of a seasoned pro, some of my favorites are Janet Lansbury and Dr. Laura Markham. If you want to hear the thoughts of someone who is just figuring out this parenting thing one day at a time, I think we’ll be friends.
I’ve given up on being perfect.
With a one year old and a two year old, perfection has slipped pretty far down on my priority list. Partly because so many things are more important to me now. But, mostly, I just don’t have the time to care. Good enough is good enough and sometimes that means my two year old eats leftover pizza while making up songs about iced coffee.
My children are people.
Respect is the cornerstone of my parenting. That means that you won’t find me writing about how my toddlers are little tyrants or irrational psychopaths. I wouldn’t want that done to me, so I won’t do it to them, no matter how many followers a really stellar tantrum meme might earn me. After all, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” (Dr. Seuss)
I am truly, deeply passionate about motherhood.