Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop

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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May
16
2014

Do You Have An Adventure-Seeking Kid?

Your Kids Can Audition For The Grizzly Cup

Auditions For The Grizzly Cup Challenge

If you have an adventure-loving, thrill-chasing, competition-hungry kid, you’re going to want to save the date for this!

Starting on Saturday June 14th, in North Bay, ON, and ending August 16th, in Regina, SK, DisneyXD is casting for the second season of the Grizzly Cup.

The show features three teams of two battling it out in exciting outdoor challenges to win the Grizzly Cup. It’s a great chance for your thrill-seeking kids to step out of their comfort zone and take part in an adventure they will never forget.

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May
14
2014

The 10 Easiest Ways To Get Active With Your Kids

It's Time To Get Outside And Get Moving

I’m a huge advocate of kids being active. It scares me when I read how obesity rates are rising and this generation of children may be outlived by their parents. Here are ten simple ways to disconnect with the electronics and reconnect with your family while having fun.

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May
02
2014

I can be quite quiet in large crowds. Being around a lot of people overwhelms me, so I tend to sit back and mostly listen. This inevitably means at some point someone will say, "You're so quiet."

What the hell do you even say to that?

Up until now I've never had a response, let alone a good one. But thanks to Ask Reddit, I've got my answers in the bag.

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Apr
14
2014

Can Fasting Two Days A Week Change Your Health?

Book Review: The 2-Day Superfood Cleanse

The Two-Day Superfood Cleanse: Can Fasting Two Days A Week Change Your Health?

Since I started training for and taking part in triathlons, it’s made me realize how important food is, not only while training, but in day-to-day life.

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Apr
13
2014

Introduce The Clean Slate Pass In Your Family

How To Stop Situations From Escalating

Kids and parents can often butt heads. What starts out as a simple request to clean a room or put away clothes, can turn into a power struggle and once a power struggle begins, it can be hard to put an end to it.

You don’t want to back down and your child has dug in his heels and feels he has no other options but to keep digging them in. What’s a parent to do?

Instead of having the situation continue to escalate, introduce the concept of a Clean Slate Pass.

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Buying Twitter Followers and Cheating

The other night my oldest son asked me how many Twitter followers I had. “About 9,000,” I replied.

His eyes grew big and he responded with a “Wow! You’re, like, famous!”

I needed to nip this one in the bud.

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Apr
06
2014

Can Your Doctor Do All This?

An Interview With Kim Foster

The first thing you should know about Dr. Kim Foster is that she is one of the expert writers here at YMC. Her blog, Wicked Health, is informative but down to earth which is exactly how Kim is.

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Apr
02
2014

What First Impression Does Your Website Make?

Get A Peek Into Your Website’s Usability

What first impression does your website give?

Long story short, I stumbled across this website late last week called Peek. It’s a new user testing platform where you submit your blog/website URL and a real person will visit your site, record a five minute video with their first impressions, and then it is emailed to you. For free.

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Mar
25
2014

The Easiest Cheesy Recipe You’ll Ever Make

Because Your Kids Will Make It For You

Kraft Cheesy Egg In A Bowl Recipe

One of the many great things my parents taught me was how to cook. From the age of 11, once a week I was responsible for finding a recipe, ensuring we had all the ingredients (and adding them to our weekly grocery list if we didn’t), cooking the meal, and cleaning up afterwards.

I remember being in that kitchen, feeling like Cinderella and my parents were the meanest parents in the land.

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Mar
21
2014

Have You Ever Unintentionally Made Your Child Afraid?

It Still Hurts My Heart That I Made Him Fearful

Last summer, two men in our community drove around in a white van trying to entice kids to get in. Police issued warnings and it was covered in our local paper several times.

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