Sep 23 2014

Parenting Pain: From Headaches To Stepping On Lego

How To Ease The Aches

by: Sharon DeVellis

Ways To Reduce Soreness From Being Active

I’m a pretty active person and I’m not saying it in a braggy way. It’s more of an I-need-to-be-active-or-I-will become-an-eating-potato-chips-while-on-the-couch World Champion.

By the way, that should totally be an event.

Sep 10 2014

Calling All Cyclists: Did You Know CAA Does This?

The Bike Assist App That Can Save Your Butt

by: Sharon DeVellis

CAA Bike Assist Program

On an early Saturday morning this past August I found myself at the Brampton Farmer’s Market watching a bicycle being put together.

My kids have always had bikes and cycling is something we enjoy doing together as a family. We are extremely lucky because my father-in-law is a handy man. He visits garage sales, buys old bikes, fixes them up, and gives them to my boys.

Sep 6 2014

How Can Kids Be Bored If You Keep Giving Them Sh*t To Do?

The Three Stages Of Boredom

by: Sharon DeVellis

Things My Kids Did Because They Were Bored

When my kids come to me and tell me they’re bored, my response is nothing. Like, literally. I just stare at them. Usually with one eyebrow raised to convey my disbelief.

I used to try to come up with ideas.

“Make a fort. Go for a bike ride. Go to the park!” shouted out with unbridled enthusiasm.

My suggestions were inevitably met with, “Meh. Don’t really feel like it. Nyah.”

Followed again by...”Mom, I’m so bored. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO.”

Aug 22 2014

Lessons Learned From Working Out That Will Help You Succeed

Become Better No Matter What It Is You’re Doing

by: Sharon DeVellis

stop being lazy and other lessons you need to succeed

Work Out With Someone Better Than You

There are some pretty kick-ass people in my boot camp, and I always partner up with them even though I know it’s going to hurt like hell and I might not be able to keep up. Why? Because surrounding yourself with people who are above your skill level makes you push yourself harder. You may not be able to achieve what they do, but it will make you better. And who knows? You may even surprise yourself in the process.

Aug 14 2014

Will You Make One Promise That Could Save Many Lives?

It Takes Only A Few Seconds To Ruin Your Life

by: Sharon DeVellis

this-is-what-happens-when-you-drive-distracted

A few days ago my husband took my son to the skateboard park. When they got home, my youngest said to me, “When dad and I were coming back from the skate park some guy was texting and driving and almost ran into us.”

Driver distraction is a factor in about 4 million motor vehicle crashes in North America each year.

Jul 15 2014

Screw 60-Year-Old-Me, I Need Advice Right Now

Words To Stop Me From Being An Ass

by: Sharon DeVellis

Words To Stop You From Acting Like An Ass

People are always writing letters to their 60-year-old self, or things they would tell their 16-year-old self. But you know what? 60-year-old me would be very pissed off that she had to wait 16 years for information she could utilize in her life right now. 60-year-old me doesn’t need that many regrets, 46-year-old me already knows about regret and it involves a bottle of wine, a forehead pimple, scissors, and a new set of bangs. And quite frankly, 16-year-old me is never coming back, nor is her purple eyeliner.

Jul 8 2014

Dear New Parents: Stop Stressing About Sleep

There's No Feet Nibbling When Your Kid Is A Teen

by: Sharon DeVellis

Now that my kids are older, I have the ability to look back and realize there are a few things I completely stressed out about when they were younger that, in retrospect, I probably shouldn't have. These are the things that pretty much every new parent stresses about. Things that you may be stressing about right this very second. 

Jun 23 2014

Parents, Here's How NOT To Raise An Olympic Athlete

No, Seriously. You Need To Stop Doing This.

by: Sharon DeVellis

How NOT To Raise An Olympic Athlete

Yell At Them

Make sure you yell at your kids to play/work harder. Like, really loud. Also, be sure to yell at them when they make a bad play or aren’t doing something properly. They probably don’t realize they’ve made a mistake, so it’s up to you to point it out. Loudly.

Note: Sometimes your kids are working so hard they can’t hear you, so it’s important you yell louder.

Jun 11 2014

With So Many Races To Choose From, How Do You Decide?

Three Ways You Can Pick Your Next Race

by: Sharon DeVellis

Three Ways To Choose Your Next Race

From April to September I signed up to do seven races.

May 29 2014

Hey You! You're Better Than Who You Think You Are

How wonderful would it be to see ourselves through someone else's eyes

by: Sharon DeVellis

Seeing Yourself Through Someone Else's Eyes

My thighs are too big.
I wish I had better skin.
I’d look good if it wasn’t for this muffin top.
I don’t want to go out tonight, I feel fat.
Ugh, these bags under my eyes make me look 70.

Are you guilty of saying something like this to yourself?

I am.

We’re our own god damn worst enemies, aren’t we? If anyone ever said something like this to our kids or one of our friends, we’d go all, “It’s on like Donkey Kong” on their asses. Yet, we have no problem saying these things to ourselves. Every. Single. Day.

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Sharon is a Common Sense Parent which is somewhere in between being free-range and helicopter. She believes in being active as a family and eating well 85% of the time. The other 15% is for the days when she's PMSing and then all bets are off. So far her parenting style has worked wonders for her two boys who astound her on a daily basis but that's not to say she doesn't have time to totally screw it up. She can't teach you how to keep your house clean while balancing a job and motherhood but if you're a mom who's struggling to figure it out, you've found your tribe.

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