Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop

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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Jan
02
2014

Six Truths About Life

Grocery Store Lineups, Smiling At Strangers, and Lego Pain

Smile!

If you smile at strangers 9 out of 10 will smile back. The 10th will give you a look that says “I think you’re a serial killer” and will avoid eye contact at all costs.

Head Tilt

The degree to which a person tilts his or her head when you’re describing something going on in your life is directly correlated to how f*cked up your life actually is.

Forgot to email your boss a report that was due two hours ago: Slight tilt = Meh, not a big deal

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Dec
30
2013

My One Word For 2014

I Blame You, Buzzfeed!

Every year instead of making a New Year’s resolution, I come up with a word for the year.

In 2012 that word was “Try.”

In 2013 it was “Fortitude” and my slogan was putting the FU in Fortitude, and I'm not gonna lie...I kinda did.

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Dec
20
2013

How to Prepare Your Child for a Food Allergy Challenge

And how you can learn from the mistake I made

How to Prepare Your Child for a Food Allergy Challenge

When Adam was a toddler, he was diagnosed as having severe allergies to all nuts, eggs, shellfish, wheat, dairy, and strawberries. That was the day carrying an EpiPen (epinephrine auto-injector), reading food labels, asking about ingredients, and always being vigilant about the food he came into contact with became a part of our lives.

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Dec
20
2013

No Technology or Television: Part 2

The Good, The Bad, And The Holidays

Find out what happens when a family stops using tech

We’re almost two months in to our house rule of “No Technology or Television” Monday to Friday.

The Good

The good is that we are spending more time together as a family. We talk more and I’ve laughed with my kids more in the past two months than previously when we were all hooked into computer screens.

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Dec
18
2013
Christmas mess

No matter how well-intentioned you are when you start out, your last three gifts will look like they were wrapped by a drunken frat boy.

99% of parents want to leave the school Christmas concert as soon as their child has performed.

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Dec
13
2013

Turbo Fast = Turbo Fun

Coming To Netflix December 24th

A Review Of Turbo FAST on Netflix

Netflix is known for its original series. I know I’m not the only one who spent a week glued to her computer watching episode after episode of Orange Is The New Black.

Now, on December 24th, Netflix is launching its first-ever original series for kids, Turbo FAST.

Based on the movie Turbo that was released earlier this year, Turbo FAST centres around Turbo and his snail crew as they go on adventures and take on crazy challengers.

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Dec
08
2013

Ross Petty’s The Little Mermaid

The Show That Will Hook You In

Ahoy, mateys! Are you feeling crabby because winter break is almost here, and you don’t know what to do with the kids for two weeks? It’s time to get schooled in family fun!

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Dec
03
2013

Only You Are In Control Of You

Nobody Has The Power To Make You Feel Less Than

Caroline Eriksen Three Days After Giving Birth

This picture of Caroline Berg Eriksen has apparently sparked outrage in the world because the photo was taken three days after Eriksen gave birth to a baby girl.

There’s been a lot of talk about ‘fat shaming’ on the internet, most recently with Maria ‘What’s Your Excuse’ Kang. Maria was, in my opinion, very antagonistic with her picture because of the way she presented it. Instead of opening up dialogue she put people on the defensive.

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Nov
26
2013

Five Things To Pack For Your Disney Cruise

Essential Items To Make The Most Of Your Trip

You've packed your shorts, sunscreen, and swimwear but don't forget these cruise essentials for a fun-tabulous time!

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Nov
13
2013

2013 TD Grade One Book Giveaway: Boy Soup

Giving the Gift of Reading to Canadian Grade One Students

Encourage Your Kids To Read

Who doesn't like getting something for free? I get excited when I get a free sample in the mail so imagine...IMAGINE...how excited your child would be if one day he went to school and came home with a brand new book that was his to keep.

That's exactly what's going to happen for thousands of grade one kids across Canada thanks to the TD Grade One Book Giveaway.

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Nov
05
2013

The No Technology Or Television Rule

Disconnecting To Help Reconnect

Last week, we put an end to tech at our house. With a few minor exceptions, from Monday to Friday there is no use of iPods, computers, cell phones, or television.

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Oct
31
2013

How Did I Become The Oldest Young Person Alive?

I Have The Social Life Of A Senior Citizen

Woman Reading On Couch

A few weeks ago on the Saturday night of the Blissdom Canada conference I found myself sitting atop a large queen sized bed in my pajamas, drinking wine and eating pizza chatting with a couple of gal pals. Basically, I was in my happy place.

My happy place seems to involve a lot of yoga gear and small groups of people. I feel overwhelmed in large groups, yet also guilty because I didn’t get a chance to speak with everyone in the room, or worse, I didn’t remember someone’s name or that we met before.

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