Author: Melissa Pelletier

Puke bug, I hate you.

You guys.  That puke bug that’s been going around hit us last week.  If you’re reading this, it’s likely you have kids and can relate… because as far as I can tell from Facebook, everyone’s welcomed this evil beast into their home whether they wanted to or not. Thursday morning, we beat the winter storm all the way up to Portland, Maine.  Have some beers with my sister-in-law and her fam.  Go back to our hotel.  Go swimming.  Open some presents.  A nice enough night for all involved. Husband wakes up at 6 a.m. Coughing.  Wait, no…. Puking. SONOFA…  Let...

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Changing my Mindset

Despite everything going on in the world, this has been a pretty decent year for me.  And if it hasn’t for you, let me share with you the difference and we’ll see if helps you make 2017 a pretty decent one for you. It started with something I’ve been working on professionally.  The point is to get people to approach work (and, well, life) with a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed one.  The first time I heard the terms, I rolled my eyes at my theory-loving friends.  But now a year and a half later… friends, I’m not gonna...

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Things I’d Tell My Younger Self

Dear Self at… Age 2: You’re so proud that mommy hung that ornament you made.  It’ll be a few more years before you realize she hung it on the back of the tree.  Don’t judge – 30 years from now, you’ll be throwing away your kids’ artwork when they aren’t looking. Age 5: Your kindergarten teacher IS scary but you’ll be with these kids for the next 13 years so no worries. The good ones will stay in touch much longer. Age 10: He’s your little brother and you’re stuck with him for life.  The stupid fights you guys have now...

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Becoming a Better Listener

Holy crap, you guys. I fall for the Today Show’s Facebook headlines in the morning when I’m drying my hair. (Yes, I read FB when I dry my hair.  I have a lot of hair.  It’s my distraction.  Don’t judge. I used to read legit books but it’s hard to turn the page and dry my hair at the same time.) Anyway. Yesterday I fell for “The 1 Thing You Can Do to Be More Likeable Instantly” which led me to a story on becoming a better listener.  (Not that I’m not likeable.  I’m totally likeable.  Except for the people I don’t like.  But that’s that not that many people.) I’m a bad interrupter.  Shit – I’ve even interrupted my damn self twice already and I’m not even up to 150 words here yet. I know this about myself and I’m trying to be better.  But I just get so excited when people are talking and need to help them finish their sentences.  I can’t help it!  I get excited!  I feel bad every time I do it!  Which is like 400 times a day so that’s a lot of feeling bad. So for the next few weeks, I’m going to do my best to shut it.  Listen to understand.  Listen to learn more, not necessarily respond.  And listen to connect. Who’s (And do you have any advice?? Damn I did...

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We’re Never Visiting the Mouse Again

You guys, I’ve been having a year.  I was put on a big project at work a few months back, one that ended up requiring working day and night for nearly five months.  There were more instances of my kids begging me to get off the computer at night, on weekend mornings, on weekend afternoons… and on weekend nights… that I care to remember.  The sighs and FINEs were aplenty and the mom guilt was HARD. At one point, Abby sat down next to me with her toy computer. Jake asked her to come play and she replied, “Not now, Jake....

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