Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop

Jan
18
2016
Don't Worry About What Order You Feed Your Baby Solid Foods

I just finished reading an article on how parents are supposed to introduce solid foods to their baby and it was quite ADAMANT that there is a certain order and if you don’t follow this certain order, you will be messing up your baby’s palate FOREVER. 

You know what? That article made me mad. 

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How Not To Screw Up Your Kids

Time gives you perspective and that holds true (times one million) when it comes to parenting. 

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When Kids Don't Believe In Santa | YummyMummyClub.ca

A few years ago I messed up completely – it was me who ruined the Santa Claus story for my oldest child.

I began Christmas shopping early so I’d be ahead of the schedule and hid $250 worth of gift cards in a book that was also a Christmas present so I wouldn’t lose them. By the time it came to wrap the gifts I had completely forgotten they were in the book. For two weeks I tore the house apart looking for those damn gift cards, everyone in the family knew they were gone – including the kids. 

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Dec
10
2015

Why You Should Take Your Kids to See Ross Petty's Peter Pan

You Don't Want To Miss Seeing Ross Petty On Stage...because you never know what's going to happen

Why You Should Take Your Kids to See Ross Petty's Peter Pan

One of my favourite childhood memories is watching the "Carol Burnett Show" with my family. It was the ultimate variety show/sketch comedy and I looked forward to it every week. Now, as an adult, I realize many of the jokes went over my head but the best part for me was the anticipation – waiting to see if this would be the week where Carol, Tim, Harvey, or Vicki couldn’t contain the laughter. 

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Dec
07
2015

New Allergies at Age 45: Here’s How I’m Fighting It

An Easy 3-Step Plan to Improve the Air In Your Home

New Allergies at Age 45: Here’s How I’m Fighting It

We live in the suburbs across the street from a beautiful grassy park filled with maple trees. It’s absolutely idyllic...unless you are someone who is allergic to grass and maple trees. 

This, unfortunately, is the case for my son who was diagnosed with allergies to grass, maple trees, and cats at 18 months. Did I also mention that we have two cats? 

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Oct
15
2015
post puppy depression

First, let me just say I love my new puppy Ella more than I could ever imagine possible. My favouritest things to do in the whole wide world are now: 

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Sep
22
2015
Dads get a bad rap

I’m just going to come out and say it: 

Dads get a bad rap. And I’m not talking about that sandwich-thing I once bought from a street vendor during a heat wave.

Proper food temperature is important, people.  

On television and in movies, dads are often portrayed as buffoons incapable of taking care of their kids. The response to families where the dad is the main caregiver who stays home is often one of surprise. 

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Sep
03
2015
Nicki Minaj Corset Trend

Nicki Minaj posted the above photo on her Instagram account last week and commented: 

“love my waist trainer by@nowaistclique nowaistclique.com ~ I warmed up everyday on tour wearing this to stay in shape.”

So is this what we’re wearing to the gym now? A corset? 

To which I say…. WHO THE HELL CARES.

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Aug
26
2015

A Letter to the Husband of Every Mother of Young Children

My Kids Are Now Older But I Haven't Forgotten

A Letter to the Husband of Every Mother of Young Children

I was going through some bins the other day and came across this letter I wrote to my husband when my boys were ages 6 and 3. And as I read it, it came back to me how hard it was to manage everything - working, taking care of the kids, keeping the house clean.

My boys are now older, but moms of young kids? I haven't forgotten.  

This letter is for you. 

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Dear Husband,

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11 + 1 Parenting Hacks That Will Get Your Kids Moving

Listen, I get it. I'm the parent of two boys. It was much easier to ensure they were active when they were younger because they had no choice. But as we all know, kids get older and aren't always into doing what we want them to do because there are computer games, Cookie Clicker, text messages and WILL YOU GET OFF THE SOFA BEFORE YOU BECOME A PART OF IT?

So before you get to the screaming stage, here are some easy ideas to make getting active fun so your kids - who are currently connected to the couch and technology - become connected with activities. 

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Aug
04
2015

5 Words That Made a Race an Unforgettable Experience

The race that gave me so much more than a medal

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When I participate in a race, I don’t ever have any expectations except to cross the finish line, preferably in one piece with no injuries. Everything else is just icing on my sweaty-red-I-feel-like-I-may-have-a-heart-attack face.
 
But what happened at this race was so much more than icing. It was one of those moments you never forget, and I never will. 
 
It’s June 21st - Father’s Day -  and I’m Team Member No. 3 in a triathlon relay at the Toronto Triathlon Festival.

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Jul
29
2015

F*ck Balance. Here’s How I Found Happiness

Maybe We've All Been Trying To Achieve The Wrong Thing

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One of the comments I hear most from my close friends is how I’ve managed to achieve balance in my life, which makes me roll my eyes and laugh because, and I'm going to let you in on a little secret here...

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how to write about your kids

When I started blogging in 2006 the medium wasn’t new but it was still relatively newish. People were writing and sharing stories - working with brands and being “sponsored” weren’t a thing.

Twitter hadn’t even been invented yet.

I started writing because I wanted to share the good and not-so-good experiences about parenting.

How original, right? *rolls eyes*

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Jul
20
2015

Why You Need to Let Your Kids Try the $20 Challenge

Our Kids Are Capable Of So Much More Than We Think

The 20 Dollar Challenge For Kids

Two weeks ago, early on a Monday morning after making sure my two boys ate a hearty breakfast, I gave them each $20 and sent them out with instructions not to be back until dinner.

What brought on this crazy idea?

Two things:

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Jun
08
2015

This Sh*t Must Stop

Why You Should Stop Buying Star Magazine

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Sunday morning. It’s early and I’m out running errands. I’m in my happy place because my kids are old enough that I can now do errands alone which every mother knows is the equivalent to a day at the spa. 

I get in line to pay for my items, see this magazine cover, and just like that my serenity is gone.
 
 

This sh*t seriously has to stop.

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Jun
05
2015
chalk sun

If your kids are anything like mine...about three days after starting the school year, they are already done with it. They've caught up with their friends, opened all the new school supplies and reality has hit them like a tonne of bricks - they've got ten more months of this. 

To combat this a couple of times a week I break out of our routine and greet my kids in a special way they aren’t expecting. It’s done great things for all our moods and sets the tone for the rest of the afternoon and evening.

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May
27
2015

The Day My Son Almost Drowned

Never Take Your Eyes Off Them For A Second

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From a young age my older son was afraid of the water. At a beach or pool he would tentatively walk in, stopping as soon as the water reached his waist, not going any further for fear of getting his face wet. Splash pads were a torturous medieval gauntlet he avoided by running around the outside edges of the pad while trying to figure out where the water would come from next to avoid being splashed.  

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May
04
2015

Your First Mother’s Day Without Your Mom

I So Wish You Didn't Have To Experience This

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14 years ago my mom passed away less than a month before Mother’s Day, making that Mother's Day the second worst day of my life. That first year with my mom gone was like a punch to the stomach on every holiday and celebration she missed.

But that Mother’s Day? That was the worst.

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Apr
23
2015

There’s a Tumblr account called Asshole Parents and it’s simply photos upon photos submitted by parents of their kid in meltdown mode because the parent wouldn’t let them do something. Google #AssholeParent and you’ll be inundated with these photos. Kids crying, screaming, flailing, freaking out, tear-stained faces, faces contorted in anger…

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