Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop

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

5 Ways To Greet Your Kids After School You Never Thought Of

Because The School Year Is One Month Too Long

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School is like pregnancy – they are both one month too long.

June is the month where my kids get antsy about the end of the school year coming but it's not coming quickly enough. They are bombarded with end-of-school year projects (Why, teachers? Why?) and quite frankly, I’m suffering from lunch bag burnout.

So a couple of times a week I 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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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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