All posts by Claire Pelletier

Claire Pelletier

About Claire Pelletier

I'm 30. Boy am I 30. I have three children: Shelby (almost 8), Harper (3), and Aidan (1). I work full time as an English teacher, full time as a mom, part time as a wife, part time as a cook at a Diner (this is actually a paid position), and a per diem house cleaner. Basically, I do it all. Oh and I like to write (revert back to my full time teaching position). This life is crazy, people are even crazier, and online blogging has given me a voice. Some may think it's a loud and obnoxious voice, but I kind of like it. I do my best to write about things that interest people, mainly about myself. Sometimes I verge into the political land, but that place scares me, so I mostly write about every day things that make me laugh, cry, or scream. Thanks for reading!

Arts Integration: The new (old) way to teach

Being a teacher is hard. It’s a profession that has become so convoluted by reform, change, policy, rules, procedures, curriculum, assessment, data, acronyms, workshops, paperwork, etc., etc. etc. You know how hard it is, because I’ve told you countless times and have lamented endlessly about the plight of a modern day teacher. Usually, I wind […]

When it’s all said and done…

Today, I had the bittersweet pleasure of attending a local, elderly man’s funeral service. Bitter because death always is, but sweet because I was amazed by the number of people standing in the funeral home, talking about what a great man he was. It’s not very often you see so many people celebrating the life of […]

New year, new you?

I used to always look forward to New Years. Mainly, I wanted to find a party that was rockin’ and stay up all night. I thought that’s what was important. Binging, eating, and partying it up until the countdown and ball drop. Just to wake up hung over and say, “I’ll start my resolutions tomorrow, […]

A letter of love

Dear Peaceful People (This includes Muslims/ Christians/ Buddists/ Athiests/ Humans/ Humanoids), I have a mixed bag of emotions to share with you. I’m sorry that there are people who choose to steal lives away from innocent victims. I’m sorry that your peaceful demeanor gets confused with those who are using your category of existence as […]

Why must we lie?

As time goes on, and I become more and more of an adult, I realize something: People must lie. It pains me to say that and you are all thinking, I don’t lie! But when you really think about it, you lie pretty often throughout the course of the day: Scenario 1- The Grocery Store […]

Hypothyroidism (the fat & lazy disease)

When you have a thyroid condition, explaining how you feel is impossible. People just look at you like you have 15 heads. You can list your symptoms and their responses prove their lack of understanding:   Me: I’m exhausted. People: You should get more sleep. Me: I slept 10 hours last night. People: Oh, maybe […]

The health paradox for our daughters

Being a parent is hard. But parenting young girls today seems like it is nearly impossible because of the pressures put on us (parents) and our poor baby girls. When I was a preteen, which was a long time ago, I remember criticizing myself, hoping for breasts early, and thinking I was “fat”. But never, […]

Why am I a teacher again?

Week 3 of back to school is currently underway. Fellow teachers understand my plight as I spent my summer preparing for the first week of school. I literally spent 2 months preparing for day one. That’s a lot of time spent preparing. But that’s what we do: We prepare, execute, follow up, grade, revisit, then […]