How to Drive a Perfectionist Crazy @MindyJPeltier

How to Drive a Perfectionist Crazy

It doesn’t take much to drive a perfectionist crazy. A piece of lint on a shoulder or a stray hair causes even the most well-behaved to cringe and clench their hands together so they don’t touch a stranger. This desire for perfection can be so strong, sufferers are convinced that aligning the coffee cup handles will align their universe. I know it will feel like the day you […]

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Pop Quiz for Old Age @MindyJPeltier

Take This Pop Quiz for Old Age

Old age would be easier if we could identify and accept it. Many of us are stuck in denial and confusion.  Symptoms set in years before we actually get that discount. Yea, that one. The senior citizen one. There. I said it. Call us TWENIORS because we’re stuck in a twilight zone between adulthood and senior citizenry. We don’t know if we are […]

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10 Reasons Parenting Is Harder Than Coaching Hockey @MindyJPeltier

10 Reasons Parenting Is Harder than Coaching Hockey

Parenting and coaching hockey are not for the faint of heart. Both teach young people difficult skills needed to successfully perform pre-determined functions. At a University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux men’s hockey game I compared my life as a mom to Brad Berry’s life as a hockey coach. He’s a gifted coach, his team won the National Championship in 2015 and […]

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Kids and Temper Tantrums by @MindyJPeltier, mom of 6

Kids and Temper Tantrums

Nobody likes watching temper tantrums. A squalling public display can induce even a staunch non-spanker to mumble under their breath, “That kid needs a good spanking!” Tiny tyrants (ours or others) affect shopping trips, restaurant dinners, family reunions, and movies. Even Sunday morning worship can induce fervent prayer. “Help that mom discipline her kid!” “Make that kid […]

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Miracle of the Christmas Socks @MindyJPeltier

The Miracle of the Christmas Socks

A miracle doesn’t happen only on the Hallmark channel during Christmas. Miracles still happen in real life. Christmas 2004 found our family of eight in a challenging place. We’d been transferred from Fargo to Seattle the previous summer. Though we’d received a 15% cost of living raise, the cost of living increase was closer to 50% and my husband’s salary as a manager was less […]

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Keep Grief from Grinching Your Holidays

Grief feels like crashing into a brick wall. You come to a sudden and painful stop, but the world continues on. Grief doesn’t accompany only death. We grieve loss of finances, health, and relationships. The stages of grief can be experienced in a forward and backward motion. One day you’re at step four, the next day you’re back to step two. […]

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Signs You Grew Up in a Big Family

People who grew up in a big family give off tell-tale signs. We think we can blend in with those people who always had their own rooms, but we can’t. Our special upbringing has turned us into very special adults.     1. No Inside Voice When ya’ wanna’ be heard in a big family you talk […]

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10 Ridiculous Things I Did Instead of Write

Successful writers agree on only one thing – writers must write every day. Not talk about, dream about, or study about writing. Write. Daily word or page goals are encouraged. The downside to the advice “Put butt in chair and write”  is that sitting is the new smoking. Our bodies take a beating from a sedentary life. Writers get sore shoulders, […]

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Prepping for the Storm of the Century

A storm of historical impact was predicted to blast the West Coast last week. Over the Pacific Ocean the remnant of Typhoon Songda slam danced towards the coast, bringing high winds and waves, and the threat of flooding and power outages. I’ve experienced enough natural disasters, I should be prepared for anything. We spend seven years in Kansas hiding in neighbor’s basement […]

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