Rachel Stein is pursuing her license to practice Marriage and Family Therapy and is also a published children's book illustrator (under her maiden name, Rachel Mammina). She holds the golden glove award in catching flying food, a record breaking time in diaper changing as well as completing nursing marathons. She lives in Long Island, NY with her husband and 11 month old son.
I'm hosting the first night of Passover this year. I always wanted to and now it's finally happening. A little too excited, I sat down to plan the menu and list of people coming. Perfection. That was…until I called to invite my aunt, uncle, and cousins. I forgot that it is also Good Friday that same night. I guess after being married to my husband for almost five years, Jewish holidays are engrained in my brain. Not growing up Jewish myself, you would think I would remember when Good Friday is and… >> Read More
I used to fumble my words when someone asked me what I do for a living. Having a baby and being laid off while on maternity leave will do that to you.
My self worth bailed right along with my…sanity. I was set to return to work 12 weeks postpartum as a counselor working with patients and families dealing with a terminal illness. I loved my job. As depressing as the population I worked with sounds, it was one of the most humbling and gratifying jobs I have ever held. Then, about four weeks… >> Read More
This thought first occurred to me when my son was maybe 4 or 5 months old. He bumped his head during some tummy time and began to cry. I immediately picked him up and repeated the phrase, "You're…OK," over and over again. Was he OK? Of course. Perhaps he was scared. Either way, what I was really doing was ignoring his emotions. And trying to make them go away. Think about it: When an adult hurts herself, do you immediately respond with, "You're OK"? No, you ask her what's wrong and if… >> Read More
People are all about being thankful this time of year. So, in lieu of Thanksgiving approaching, I want to thank my mom. I could seriously spend a lifetime thanking my mom. No, really, I could!
I…could thank my mom for always putting me first as a single mother. I could thank her for encouraging me to follow my passion of horseback riding and being my cheerleader at every competition. I could thank her for my love (borderline obsession) with chocolate. I could go on and on, but it would sound… >> Read More
To be honest, my full name is Rachel Beth Stein. Oy. Before my husband and I got married, I was a church-going, Italian meatball-making girl. There was one boy in my school who was Jewish and…the extent of my Jewish knowledge was that I got off for the high holidays from school and that macaroons rocked my world. When my husband and I got married, I didn't realize what a huge change it would be to take on that name. Everyone asks me what Yeshiva I went to, which temple… >> Read More