Jul 16 2012

The Math of Ice Time

We spend a lot of time at arenas

by: Sharon DeVellis

With one son who plays hockey, one son who speed skates plus my own newfound love of speed skating, I’m at an arena a minimum of five times a week. Minimum because those five times are the mandatory ‘you need to show up for a practice or game’ times. I am a huge advocate of families being active together. For us, skating is the perfect opportunity for our family to have fun at a sport we all enjoy, so on top of those five times, we go to a public skate at least once a week.

Mar 1 2012

Catriona Le May Doan: Olympic Champion

A Few Minutes With The World's Fastest Woman

by: Sharon DeVellis

If you don’t already know, when I’m not writing here at YMC, I write on my personal blog Speed Skating Mom where I document my attempt to learn how to short track speed skate. When Erica offered me a chance to talk to Catriona Le May Doan, I was all over it.  Who is Catriona? She is a speed skater whose world record-setting wins captivated millions of Canadians.

Oct 16 2011

More Me-Time

Why You Need Time For You

by: Sharon DeVellis

You there.  Yes, you.  The one reading this.

You’re juggling right now, aren’t you?  Not in a circus-like way with balls or flaming batons but real life juggling -  your family, your friends....maybe work too.   You’re trying to keep on top of the laundry while helping your kids with homework.  You’re changing a diaper while on hold with the doctor’s office.  You’re cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring. 

Balancing.

Or at least trying. 

Feb 27 2011

Why Me Time Is Important

Finding Your Light

by: Sharon DeVellis

The last I wrote about speed skating, I was up in the air as to what to do.  I wanted to try it, Son No. 1 was vehemently opposed.  Since then we had a little sit down where I explained I wasn’t only “a mom” I was a person too and that he’s inspired me to try something new. Long story short, if I promised not to skate any meets in the first year, he was all for it. 

Jan 19 2011

Speed Skating

I Wanna Try!

by: Sharon DeVellis

So death skating has sort of grown on me. I mean, I’m still worried that Son No. 1 is going to have some sort of horrible fall, smashing into the mats and breaking every bone in his body while razar sharp ginzu knives whiz past him at break neck speed and he’ll become the number hit when you google “freak speed skating accidents”.

But, you know, other than that.

The Face, The Voice, The Blog!

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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