Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop

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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Apr
08
2015

New parents are excited about milestones - the first smile, first tooth, first birthday, first steps - but the parents who have been there and done it know some milestones are insidious and once that milestone has been achieved you can't undo it. Like the homemade tattoo you got when you were 19.

Learn from us new parents; these are the milestones you want to put off for as long as humanly possible.

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Mar
31
2015

I’m guilty of saying this word, you’re guilty of saying this word and, in fact, I would make a money bet that every mom reading this is guilty of using this word at least once.

Yet each and every time you use it you are undermining yourself.

The word?


How many times in daily conversations have you used "just" when describing who you are, what you do, or what you have achieved?

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Mar
15
2015
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I've lived through enough March Breaks to know we parents sometimes set the bar too high.  We get ideas on Pinterest and Facebook and we are determined to make this the BEST MARCH BREAK EVER.

As someone who has now survived (and thrived) through ten March Breaks, take it from me - the kids don't remember the perfectly painted crafts or the carefully planned outings so much as they remember the little moments of laughter and how you let them sleep in a fort made of blankets and cushions - a fort they created on their own.

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Mar
06
2015

It Takes a Village to Raise Kids. Sometimes They're Wrong.

But It’s CPS that Needs To Get Their Head Out Of Their Ass

Feb
20
2015

I Am the Parent of a Wanderer

Let's offer compassion instead of judgment

I was a sleep walker.

My mom used to tell me funny stories about my night time walkabouts when I was a kid. Like the time I peed in the garbage can in the kitchen thinking it was a toilet. Or how I once came downstairs at 10pm requesting tomato soup, unaware of the fact that I was sleeping.

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Feb
04
2015

Why 10 Minutes is All it Takes to Help Prevent Cancer

...and How Will Ferrell Can Help Make You Live Longer

Ten Minutes Is All It Takes to Help You Beat Cancer

My mom died when she was 59. That thought crosses my mind every day of every week, and when I think of all that she - that we - have missed, it breaks my heart.

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With electronics always within arms’ reach it’s sometimes hard to encourage kids to get out and be active.

Adventure walks are just that - a simple and inexpensive way to turn an ordinary walk with your family into a fun way to disconnect from tech and reconnect with nature. The walks can take place anywhere; in your neighbourhood, at a local park, or you can drive to an area with trails and go for a hike.

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Jan
19
2015

New Parents: These are the Moments You'll Want to Remember

Record These In Your Mind Because You Never Know When They'll be Gone

Remember The Lasts Because They Disappear

When my sons were born I recorded everything – first smiles, first foods, first words, first steps. Everything was photographed and written down so I’d never forget.

We do that, us parents. We want to remember everything and to this day I still look back and it makes me smile to see those images and words. It’s the one piece of advice all new parents are given: record everything and take more pictures than you think are necessary because the time flies by faster than you’ll ever realize.

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Jan
01
2015

Hey, Quitter. I'm Talking To You

5 Quick Tips To Help You Stick To Your Fitness Plan

5 Quick Tips To Help You Stick To Your Fitness Plan

Every January thousands of people make the resolution to get fit but by the end of the month, enthusiasm has diminished, newly purchased treadmills start to gather dust and dreams of running a marathon are replaced with Netflix marathons.

From someone who has been there, done it, and struggled along the way, these are quick and easy tips to help make being healthy more manageable.

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Dec
23
2014

Do You Have the Balls for this New Year’s Resolution?

Switching From An Office Chair To An Exercise Ball

Switching From An Office Chair To An Exercise Ball

I’m an active person who exercises five to six days a week. I irritate my kids by parking at the furthest parking spot when we go shopping, and we often work out together as a family. Yet I still spend about five hours a day in front of a computer screen.

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Dec
15
2014

Grief, Loss, and the Holidays: Heartfelt Advice to Help You

How you can get through the holiday season after losing a loved one

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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 there are a few things I learned and I hope it helps those of you who are grieving this holiday season.

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Dec
08
2014
Festivus Feats Of Strength For The Whole Family

                                 I got a lot of problems with you people!
                                                   Frank Costanza

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Nov
26
2014

5 Hot Gifts For Cold Arena Moms (Plus A Bonus)

Nothing Says Cushie Like A Heated Tushie

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I have been going to arenas to watch my boys participate in cold sports for seven years and for the past two years I’ve spent, on average, approximately eight hours a week in a cold arena. This makes me somewhat of an expert on how to stay warm and comfortable in the cold harsh climate known as the Canadian arena.

If you have an arena mom in your life, skip the jewelry and spa gift certificates this year* these are the gifts she’s going to want this holiday season.

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Nov
25
2014

6 Amazing Things You Can Do With Just One Finger

The Pointer Finger Is The Most Useful Finger You Own

Six Things You Can Do With One Finger

The other day I was cursing not having an extra index finger as I struggled to tie a bow on a birthday present. While the bow ended up looking like a 3-year-old’s first attempt at tying a shoe, it got me thinking about this amazing digit and all it can do.  Also known as the pointer finger, this leader of the hand is, dare I say, the most amazing finger you own.  Nope, this finger is not a one-hit wonder like its aggressive, road-ragey neighbor.

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Nov
11
2014
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There is an infamous story in our house about an epic meltdown by my youngest son because I made him walk home from school in a snow storm. In all fairness, it was an unusually bad storm with the snow two-feet deep by the time school ended for the day. And to be fair, the snow was more like ice pellet shots to the face than gentle flakes. Plus, he was little –in Senior Kindergarten at the time – which made it hard to walk in all his snow gear; sort of like a miniature Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, minus the smiling face but with all the anger and destruction.

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