Author Archive | Melissa Oftedahl

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The Power of the Puffball

In most important aspects of our lives, we receive formal training. We need to learn to read and write? We go to school. We need to learn to drive? We go to drivers ed. We need a job? We get our degrees and have training. However, when it comes to parenting, there is no training […]

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My Thoughts on Slowing Down and Being Kind

I’m currently in my ninth year of teaching, which equates to approximately one hundred plus hours of parent/teacher conferences.  In fact, I put in eight hours last week of meeting with parents and talking about their kiddos. I know what you’re thinking, “What does this have to do with anything? So what?” Well, it dawned […]

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Mama, It’s OK to Drop the Ball Once in a While

Spouse… kids… work… pets… meetings… meals… laundry… grocery shopping… activities… friends… hobbies (that are kind of like work)… exercise… cleaning… bills… *repeat* Is this your life too? This is my life on repeat. Sometimes when I stop and think for a minute, I wonder how I do it. I wonder how WE do it, because […]

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Door County Favorites

Growing up in Green Bay, my mom and I used to head up to Door County a lot when I was a kid. I always enjoyed going, but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I really started to appreciate it for what it is. Five years ago, my husband finished the design work […]

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Truth Is… I’m Winging It

You guys, I have an idea. What if we all worked together to create a manual for this parenting thing? When I ask my four year old to come home from playing at the neighbor’s house and she says “NO!” and refuses to move while my neighbors look at me, I would just head to […]

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A Letter to My Mom

Dear Mom, It’s hard to put into words how much you mean to me, but I’m going to try because you deserve it. For all those years of not appreciating you or thanking you for dedicating your life to raising your children, I want to start by saying THANK YOU. Being a mom myself has […]

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I’m Just Not Good At Math

About two months ago, the school I work for (I’m a high school Spanish teacher) had everyone watch a TED talk about something called “growth mindset”. To be completely honest, when we were first told that we would have to watch this and talk to our advisory students (kind of like a homeroom) about it, […]

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