Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop

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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Mar
13
2014

The Innocuous Word That Can Damage Your Relationships

Three Little Letters That Can Cause Big Arguments

You’ve used it, I’ve used it. It’s an innocuous three letter word, a word we’ve all used at one time or another. Yet these three letters are the biggest cause of, or continuation of, arguments because it is the word that negates everything you've said previous to it.

What is it, you ask?

             

Think about it.

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Mar
10
2014

How I Got My Job At YMC

It Started With A Glass Of Wine

I'm often asked how I got my start at YMC. I mean, how does one get a job working with Erica Ehm when one doesn't even know who Erica Ehm is or that she runs a website or that you even want a job?

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Feb
23
2014

Channing Tatum Dirty Dancing

Want To Laugh? Watch This

Channing Tatum Dirty Dancing

Take five minutes from your day to watch this and then try not to laugh.

 

If you liked this you'll also like "Celebrities Reading Mean Tweets" and "The Birthday Card"

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Feb
20
2014

Why Is This Mom Hanging Out In Her Son's Room?

How To Make Conversations With Your Children Less Mortifying For Both Of You

I remember when my kids were small and I knew every aspect of their life, 24/7. I also remember wanting a break, needing time away to recharge and reconnect with myself.

Oh, irony. How you mess with me.

Because now, my kids are older and I’m fighting to stay connected with them.

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Feb
19
2014

Why Do You Use Triberr?

Can Someone Explain It To Me Because I Just Don't Get It

I'm just going to put it out there....I don't get Triberr.

If you don't know what Triberr is, here's how it is described on the Triberr website:

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Feb
10
2014

Want To Know The Secrets To A Good Marriage?

Advice From Someone Who Has Been There And Is Still Doing It

My husband and I have now been married 15 years *insert applause here*

In the grand scheme of things we are still in the baby stages of our marriage. I’m knocking-on-wood, we’ll be doing the old person shuffle dance–which bears an uncanny resemblance to the way we dance now–at our 60th, 70th, and 75th wedding anniversaries (although that last one will make us well into our 100s, so realistically, we’ll be sitting.

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Jan
29
2014

Climbing Up A Slide Isn’t Scary. This Is Scary.

We May Actually Outlive Our Children And That Scares Me

Balls Aren't Scary. Our Children Outliving Us Is.

So there’s this school in Auckland that signed up to be a part of a study to encourage active play. Only the principal, who is now my hero, took it a step further and decided to abandon recess rules completely.

The end result?

A drop in bullying, serious injuries, and vandalism, and an increase in the kids’ concentration levels.

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Jan
22
2014

A Valentine's Day Gift For Older Kids

Adopt An Animal Your Child Loves

A Valentine's Day Gift For Older Kids

Valentine’s Day is coming up and while cute cards and pink everything may cut it with the younger set, if you’re a parent of older kids, finding a gift that isn’t too cutesy can be a challenge.

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Jan
16
2014
How To Start Your Morning With Less Stress

Listen, I know I’m not going to win any fans with this, but if you want to be less stressed and enjoy your mornings more, try getting up earlier. And I don’t mean waking up earlier, being in complete denial, and trying to fall back asleep. I mean actually getting out of bed.

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