Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop

In the "Who would have ever thought this could happen" file, let me just start this by saying I’m about 90% cool with the fact that my kids often forget to empty lunch containers from their backpacks. 

Meh. (Shrugs shoulders.)

They’re kids and kids forget things. I once forgot to feed my gerbil for three days when I was nine years-old. 

The other 10% is when I lose my shit is simply because I’ve walked into one of their bedrooms, tried to use their bathroom, or I’m PMSing. 

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Aug
13
2017

I Wonder if I Will Have Made the Most of the Passing Of Summer

While January marks the beginning of the calendar year it is September that marks the passage of time for me in a way that nothing else does.

It’s not their birthdays that make me see how much the boys are growing; it’s the passing of summer, and the inevitability of back to school.

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May
15
2017

The Sounds of Summer are a Gift

For a few seconds, I was a child again.

It was not a conscious act on my part; I did not set out to reclaim these memories of my childhood. It was a gift.

It was a typically typical trip to the park. They were off—running, laughing, pretending, fighting, making up—and then off and running again. I was on the bench, reading, occasionally glancing up to watch their antics or when they wanted my attention. Mummy, look at me! Did you see that? Are you watching? Look what I can do.”

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I don’t know about you, but I’m at the point where I’m afraid to turn on my computer. I used to pop onto Facebook while having my morning coffee to see what was happening with my friends, but now my news stream is filled with crappy stories that leave me with a pit in my stomach. 

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Mar
02
2017

You only need to look at any breastfeeding article on the internet and scroll through the comments to understand it’s one of the most contentious, hot button topics for new moms. 

When my first son was born, I, too, wanted to breastfeed. I read every book I could get my hands on, and had a very nice lactation consultant who helped me while I was in the hospital.

At first everything was great. He fed like a dream and we were on a good 2 to 3 hour schedule; he was thriving.

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Feb
21
2017
BrewDog, a craft beer company, is offering Puppy Parental Leave for their nearly 1,000 employees around the world.

A year and a half ago, we brought home a new member of the family on a bright, sunny Saturday morning. Her name was Ella, and she was a 7-week-old Golden Lab puppy. 

We had never had a dog before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had seen enough commercials and happy puppy videos to know that there would be laughter and cuddling and joyous naptimes and enough Instagram moments to start an entire new account. 

It would be bliss! 

~Insert record screeching sound here~

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Drew Barrymore with kids at Disney

When my boys were seven and three I came up with the bright idea to sign us up for a 5k run through our local zoo. 

In my head the scenario played out something like this: 

My older son and I would run 5k through the zoo while my husband and younger son waited to cheer us on as we crossed the finish line and then we would all spend a lovely day at the zoo creating memories that would last a lifetime.

On one point I was correct. We created memories that day but none of the warm fuzzy stuff I thought I’d be creating. 

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Jan
19
2017

Be Careful Who You Shake Hands With at Work

39% of people are masturbating at work

sitting on toilet

In the "I thought nothing could surprise me anymore" category I came across this article today at Time Out New York. Staff writer Jillian Anthony did an informal poll through her social media channels and it turns out 39% of people are masturbating at work. 

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Jan
19
2017

Will This Video Stop You From Seeing 'A Dog’s Purpose'?

Warning: This video will be very upsetting to some people

A Dog's Purpose

Three nights ago at my house: 

Me. to my youngest son:  When dad and your brother go away in February let’s make a date to go see A Dog’s Purpose, okay? 

Son: Ya! I really want to see it!

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baby who is always screaming

My first son had a tumultuous journey coming into the world. Everything that could go wrong with my labour and delivery did and he quite simply didn’t want to come out. When he finally made his entrance, he looked around for a few minutes and then fell asleep. He was, in fact, such a great sleeper that my husband and I got cocky and would pat ourselves on the back for being such amazing parents. “What’s so hard about this?” we asked as we chuckled. This pattern continued as he grew.

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Skin bleaching

Just this morning we received a cheeky pitch from a company that makes and sells skin whitening cream for the intimate areas of your body that include, but are not limited to, (and this is taken directly from the website:)

Anal Skin
Penile Skin
Vaginal Skin
Nipples
Scrotum

The email continued on to say they were looking for a little exposure (well played, bleach company, well played) and the pitch even included potential working titles like: 

Keeping up with the Jones: Why so many women are bleaching to look better.

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Dec
11
2016

Is The Big Santa Con Hurting Our Kids?

You Do It Your Way and I'll Do It Mine

You sit on a throne of lies

Every year articles come out about how we're doing wrong by our kids by having them believe in Santa.

They won’t trust us.
We’re teaching our kids to lie.
It’s deceitful.

We even have articles on YMC about it.

Money expert, Rubina Ahmed-Haq, says we are setting our kids up for financial failure by telling stories about Santa, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny.

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Nov
28
2016
Alarm Clock That Wakes You Up With An Orgasm

Come again? An alarm that wakes you up with an orgasm?

In what could be the best article I’ve ever written on a Monday morning, I’m going to attempt to get through this without using any sex puns.

 

Nope, sorry; I can’t do it. This up and coming product deserves its shining moment.

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The New Christmas Eve Tradition You're Going To Want To Do With Your Family

Parents often try to balance the ‘gimmes’ of the holidays with giving back. We want our children to appreciate what they have while teaching them about what other people don’t have. We want them to understand that life isn’t about what you have, it’s about how you make others feel. And we want to do all this amidst the frenzy of Black Friday shopping, toy commercials, and our kids writing out lists of what they want for Christmas. Sometimes lists that are longer than they are tall.

The struggle is real. 

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This is why you should always make sure your kids are buckled in safely

Nobody expects to get in a car accident. I know I certainly didn’t when we left the house on a sunny Sunday afternoon to go to my mother-in-law’s house to celebrate Mother’s Day.  But less than a kilometer away it happened. 

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Oct
25
2016

I Didn't Remember This Day, But 10 Years Later, She Did

Never underestimate the impact your kindnesses have on the world.

The first day of kindergarten

I didn’t remember, not at first. 

Ten years ago I was dropping off my son who was only three – too young in my mind – to begin his first day of school.  

Even with the staggered start the scene was chaotic. Cars parked in the kiss-and-ride area, kids unwilling to go into the schoolyard, grabbing onto their mom’s coat with a steely grip, while others ran around the fenced-in playground yelling and playing. 

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Oct
06
2016
Maria Kang Fitmom

Remember Fit Mom, Maria Kang, who posted the “What’s Your Excuse” photo surrounded by her three sons all under the age of three in all her six pack ab glory?

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Sep
29
2016

Do You Know What Purple Drank Is? You Should

This drink is potentially lethal to your kids

This afternoon I received an email from my child’s elementary school informing parents that some of the intermediate students had been looking into making a drink called "Lean" or "Purple Drank". This drink is a mixture of prescription cough medicine containing codeine and promethazine, soda, and sometimes the kids pop in a couple of Jolly Ranchers for added colour and taste.

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No, You Won't Ruin Your Kids By Feeding Them a Frozen Dinner. It's time to get rid of mom guilt. | YummyMummyClub.ca

Back-to-school for our family means back to busy. I have two boys going to different schools, both with two very different schedules. Add in my older son who trains in a specialized sport four days a week, my younger son who does an extracurricular activity twice a week, and, you know, that whole pesky business of my husband and I having to work. Most nights are a bit of a gong show.

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Sep
20
2016

7 'Let's Get Real About This' Reasons to Love Autumn

Enough with the beautiful colours and all things pumpkin spice

dogs in halloween costumes

Oh, I know. There’s thousands of articles ruminating why autumn is the best season ever. The beautiful colours, crisp mornings, all things pumpkin spice…but let’s get real. There are WAY better reasons than apple picking and scarves. 

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