Elizabeth Bettencourt

Elizabeth Bettencourt holds a BFA in Theatre and a BS in Secondary English Education from the University of Rhode Island, a Masters in Reading & Literacy from Endicott College, and a Doctorate in Education from Northeastern University. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home parent full time, Liz taught English Language Arts and theatre at Plymouth South High School, where she also served as the ELA department head and the drama club advisor. Liz has also worked as an instructional coach and education consultant specializing in literacy instruction and differentiated instruction. In addition to her work as a mother, Liz currently directs theatre productions for Massassoit Community College and serves on the board of directors for New Bedford Festival Theatre. The majority of her time, however, is spent raising her son James and daughter Muriel with the help of her super supportive spouse, Matt. Liz is excited to be a part of the team at Providence Moms Blog, where she hopes to refresh her writing skills and reflect on this crazy and beautiful thing that is motherhood.

I’m in Love Triangle…with my kids!

Ok. Confession time. Deep breath. Here it goes... I'm having an affair. I'm cheating. . . on my son, with my daughter. Hear me out... For the first three years of his life, my son and I were...

Do You Ever Stop Needing Your Mom?

My 5-year-old son talks a lot. A. Lot. My 2-year-old daughter seems to be following in his footsteps and is growing more and more talkative by the day (especially when she is supposed to...

As the Mother of a 2-Year-Old

As the mother of a 2-year-old, I am a master translator; I can decipher every attempt at a word and every babble. I devour each and every little 3-5 word toddler sentence. I marvel at how...
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My Week Without Leggings: One Stay-at-Home Mom’s Journey Away from Comfort

Before having children, I was a career woman with a fairly decent nightlife. I wore heels. A lot of heels. And pencil skirts. I wore mascara every day. Fast forward. I've been a stay-at-home mom...

As the Mother of a 5-Year-Old…

As the mother of a 5-year-old, I am required to know which dinosaur is my favorite (it’s brachiosaurus, if you’re interested…I like the long neck). I can sing the PJ Masks theme song, but I...
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Reading with my Children

I’ve always been a reader. The March sisters of Little Women were like childhood friends. Bridge to Terabithia enthralled me and broke my heart. Analyzing the themes and symbolism of Lord of the Flies...
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Our Favorite Bedtime Ritual:: The Story of Our Day

The first time I told this story, my son was 2 years old. We had had a long day. I was pregnant with my daughter. I was hot. And tired. My son had had one...
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Creativity Thrives at Providence Children’s Museum: A Look Inside the New Creativity Initiative

A small girl stood in front of a display case, eye to eye with a fox sculpture and a vase, just some of its fascinating contents. In awe, she pointed to one of the...
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Confession: I Love Baby Books

Ok. This may not be very 2019 of me, but here goes: I Love Baby Books. For those of you non-Luddites out there, a baby book (also known as a record book or memory...

T.G.I.F: Friday Night Through The Years

My first real memory of a Friday Night existing as a special entity, as a night unlike any other night of the week, is from my tween years (before "tween" was even a thing)...