Dec 19 2011

From Mummy To Mom

What Do Your Kids Call You?

by: Sharon DeVellis

Three weeks ago Son No. 1 announced he would no longer be calling me ‘Mummy’, I would be ‘Mom’ instead.

When I asked him why he told me it was because ‘Mummy’ sounded too babyish.

And from that day he has not faltered ONCE.

“Mom, guess what happened today?”
“Mom, can I have a snack?”
“Mom, can I go on the computer?”

Mom! Mom! Mom!  Now I know how Jan from The Brady Bunch feels.

I HATE MOM.

Dec 19 2011

Non-Depressing Christmas Carols

Add A Little Sunshine To Your Holiday Songs

by: Sharon DeVellis

I'm just going to put it out there.  I like Christmas songs but I hate slow Christmas songs.  Normally around the holiday season I'm sleep-deprived and slightly stressed because on top of all the stuff I normally do, there's the Christmas stuff too.  By the way, wrapping presents is like deciding to paint your own house.  It seems like a good idea at the time but about two hours into it you're all "What the f*ck was I thinking".  I know you're not supposed to swear when writing a

Dec 16 2011

Lessons In Writing

How To Control Your Reader With Characters

by: Sharon DeVellis

My friend Alison and I were talking about the use of ... in writing.  Both of us are guilty as charged and while my use of smiley faces and LOL are an addiction, one I'm currently trying to break using a punishment/reward program that consists of elastic bands and Baileys, I stand by my use of ... 
 
Because they aren't just three periods in a row.  Those ... are a pause.
 
And pauses are a necessary part of my writing… it’s how I control you, the reader.
 

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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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