Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop

Oct
16
2014

What To Do With Your Race Medals?

How Your Medal Can Make A Difference

I believe there should be scores in soccer and that every kid shouldn’t get a medal for just showing up.

For the record, I’m cool with participation ribbons.

So it’s ironic that I’m left wondering what to do with the medals from all the races I take part in, medals I don't even want.

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Oct
09
2014

Why Social Media Makes Me Want To Churn Butter In The Woods

I'm Becoming More And More Low Tech As I get Older

I am becoming more and more low tech as I get older. In about two years you will find me churning butter in a cabin in the woods. Feel free to join me because, butter.

A few weeks ago, it was the annual Fall Fair in our community. The boys and I have been going for ten years and this small fair is anticipated with as much excitement as Christmas morning.

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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.

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Sep
16
2014

Stop With The Sport Snack Insanity

Snacks Shouldn't Be Expected After A Sport

I have friends who are athletes. They participate in marathons, half-marathons, triathlons, and duathlons. While training and on the actual race day, they carry gel packs or some other form of nutrition to give them energy because when you’re exerting your body for two to four hours without stopping, you need the calories to keep you going. Fueling your body is an important part of endurance sports.

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Sep
10
2014

Calling All Cyclists: Did You Know CAA Does This?

The Bike Assist App That Can Save Your Butt

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.

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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.”

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Aug
22
2014

Lessons Learned From Working Out That Will Help You Succeed

Become Better No Matter What It Is You’re Doing

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.

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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'

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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Aug
14
2014

Will You Make One Promise That Could Save Many Lives?

It Takes Only A Few Seconds To Ruin Your Life

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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.

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Aug
11
2014

Why I Stopped Making My Kids Do Their Homework

And No, It Didn't Screw Up Their Entire Education

why I stopped making my kids do homework

My son got more homework in grade one than he did in grade seven.

He, in fact, got so much homework in grade one that it made him hate school. For seven months we would sit together and do math, spelling, writing, and whatever else was sent home. Sometimes those "ten minutes" of assigned homework translated into sitting at the kitchen table for HOURS. Oftentimes there were tears—mostly mine. It's all a bit of a blur as I took a liking to absinthe that year.

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Jul
28
2014

Dear Parents: It's Just All About Having Common Sense

Labels Are Only Good When You Don’t Want To Confuse Sugar And Salt

Dear Parents: Just Use Common Sense

It seems there’s been a lot of chatter on YMC about Free-Range parenting.

Hailey wants to be a free-range parent but can’t let go.

Jen Warman is leaning towards the free-range-ish side.

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Jul
15
2014
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.

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Jul
08
2014

Dear New Parents: Stop Stressing About Sleep

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

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. 

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Jun
25
2014

How Parents Can Support A Young Athlete

Get Involved But Still Be The Parent

How Parents Can Support Their Young Athlete

Once you make the leap from regular to competitive sports there is a greater obligation for both you and your child.

Your child could go from one or two practices a week to three or four. There are more games/competitions, more travel is involved, and overall there is a greater commitment to the team and/or club. The pressure on your child to do well may also be greater but ultimately your goal is to help your child have fun and continue to love what he or she started.

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Jun
23
2014

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

No, Seriously. You Need To Stop Doing This.

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.

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Jun
05
2014

How Sports Can Get You Ahead In Business

Girls, It's Time To Get Into The Game

This Gal's Got Game

Do you think about raking when someone mentions The Maple Leafs?

I’m the first to admit that I barely know anything about hockey even though my youngest son plays in both winter and summer and my husband has played forever. I’m the person at every hockey game asking:

What’s offside?
What’s icing?
Why did that kid get a penalty?
What’s offside again?

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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

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.

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May
27
2014

Coloured Flowers: The Magic Of Science In One Little Glass

Teach Your Kids How A Flower Draws Water Up The Stem

How To Make Colored Flowers

This is an easy experiment to show how a flower draws water up its stem and into the petals.

Materials Needed:

Flowers (preferably white)
Food colouring
Drinking glasses
Water

What To Do:

1) Fill a glass with water.

2) Place eight to ten drops of food colouring in the water. (In our experiment we used red.) The more food colouring you use, the brighter the end result.

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May
20
2014
phrases you will hear at boot camp

Back to the top.

That last set of exercises you barely got through? You’re going to do them all one more time.

You can do anything for 20 seconds!

Normally said while on a third set of burpees. Also, ummmm…..no. Sometimes you can’t.

Yes, there’s a finisher today.

This means that even though you’ve already done a kajillion burpees, overhead presses, and the special hell known as band jacks, you’re going to be subjected to five more minutes of intense exercise.

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