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 18 2014

5 Fun Ways To Keep Hockey-Playing Kids Active In The Summer

Hockey Parents: Here's How To Turn 'Not Game' Into 'Got Game'

by: Sharon DeVellis

how to keep your hockey playing kid active in the summer

Winters are busy for me. My hockey-playing son is at the arena twice a week while my speed-skating guy is on the ice three days a week. If you include my own speed skating and on-ice coaching, I spent approximately 12 hours a week at an arena this past winter not including driving to and from the arena, and the amount of time I spend in the changerooms helping my kids get in and out of equipment.

Then the end of March arrives and *record needle across an album* SCREECH… everything comes to a complete halt.

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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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