Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop

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Like many parents I experienced a Cheerio up the nose moment when our oldest son was a toddler. This is a rite of passage for parents, is it not? Whether it’s a Cheerio, a raisin, a pebble, or in the case of my very unlucky friend, a hearing-aid battery which caused a trip the emergency room. 

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Victoria Day Long Weekend

1. Flower Power

Make a trip to your local garden centre so you can create a cascade of rainbows in your yard by planting colourful flowers.

2. The Thrill Of The Grill

Throw some burgers on the barbie, haul out the paper plates, and enjoy the company of good friends and good food because food always tastes better when you eat it outdoors.

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The New Christmas Eve Tradition You're Going To Want To Do With Your Family

Parents often try to balance the ‘gimmes’ of the holidays with giving back. We want our children to appreciate what they have while teaching them about what other people don’t have. We want them to understand that life isn’t about what you have, it’s about how you make others feel. And we want to do all this amidst the frenzy of Black Friday shopping, toy commercials, and our kids writing out lists of what they want for Christmas. Sometimes lists that are longer than they are tall.

The struggle is real. 

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7 'Let's Get Real About This' Reasons to Love Autumn

Enough with the beautiful colours and all things pumpkin spice

dogs in halloween costumes

Oh, I know. There’s thousands of articles ruminating why autumn is the best season ever. The beautiful colours, crisp mornings, all things pumpkin spice…but let’s get real. There are WAY better reasons than apple picking and scarves. 

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Five Free Ways To Celebrate Father’s Day

The Real Gift Is The Memories You’ll Create

You don’t have to spend money to create a memorable Father’s Day. Here are five free ways your kids can let dad know how much he means without spending a cent.

Make a Dad Date
Have the kids and dad sit down with a calendar on Father's Day morning to choose a special day each month where they can spend a few hours of one-on-one together.  With the dates set and marked, the countdown is on for fun!

Give Him Some Homework

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Lemonade Stand

My sons have been running summer lemonade stands for years. Their first was on Canada Day 2005 when they were four and one. There were no signs, just two very little kids sitting at a green IKEA table, the top scattered with paper cups, a pitcher of over-iced, weak lemonade, and a jar of change on the ground beside the bright blue chairs.

It was incredibly hot and, for an hour, I stood holding an umbrella over their heads. Sales weren’t big that day, but they did learn a valuable lesson in marketing. 

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I've lived through enough March Breaks to know we parents sometimes set the bar too high.  We get ideas on Pinterest and Facebook and we are determined to make this the BEST MARCH BREAK EVER.

As someone who has now survived (and thrived) through ten March Breaks, take it from me - the kids don't remember the perfectly painted crafts or the carefully planned outings so much as they remember the little moments of laughter and how you let them sleep in a fort made of blankets and cushions - a fort they created on their own.

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In the "Who would have ever thought this could happen" file, let me just start this by saying I’m about 90% cool with the fact that my kids often forget to empty lunch containers from their backpacks. 

Meh. (Shrugs shoulders.)

They’re kids and kids forget things. I once forgot to feed my gerbil for three days when I was nine years-old. 

The other 10% is when I lose my shit is simply because I’ve walked into one of their bedrooms, tried to use their bathroom, or I’m PMSing. 

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I Wonder if I Will Have Made the Most of the Passing Of Summer

While January marks the beginning of the calendar year it is September that marks the passage of time for me in a way that nothing else does.

It’s not their birthdays that make me see how much the boys are growing; it’s the passing of summer, and the inevitability of back to school.

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The Sounds of Summer are a Gift

For a few seconds, I was a child again.

It was not a conscious act on my part; I did not set out to reclaim these memories of my childhood. It was a gift.

It was a typically typical trip to the park. They were off—running, laughing, pretending, fighting, making up—and then off and running again. I was on the bench, reading, occasionally glancing up to watch their antics or when they wanted my attention. Mummy, look at me! Did you see that? Are you watching? Look what I can do.”

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I don’t know about you, but I’m at the point where I’m afraid to turn on my computer. I used to pop onto Facebook while having my morning coffee to see what was happening with my friends, but now my news stream is filled with crappy stories that leave me with a pit in my stomach. 

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You only need to look at any breastfeeding article on the internet and scroll through the comments to understand it’s one of the most contentious, hot button topics for new moms. 

When my first son was born, I, too, wanted to breastfeed. I read every book I could get my hands on, and had a very nice lactation consultant who helped me while I was in the hospital.

At first everything was great. He fed like a dream and we were on a good 2 to 3 hour schedule; he was thriving.

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BrewDog, a craft beer company, is offering Puppy Parental Leave for their nearly 1,000 employees around the world.

A year and a half ago, we brought home a new member of the family on a bright, sunny Saturday morning. Her name was Ella, and she was a 7-week-old Golden Lab puppy. 

We had never had a dog before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had seen enough commercials and happy puppy videos to know that there would be laughter and cuddling and joyous naptimes and enough Instagram moments to start an entire new account. 

It would be bliss! 

~Insert record screeching sound here~

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Drew Barrymore with kids at Disney

When my boys were seven and three I came up with the bright idea to sign us up for a 5k run through our local zoo. 

In my head the scenario played out something like this: 

My older son and I would run 5k through the zoo while my husband and younger son waited to cheer us on as we crossed the finish line and then we would all spend a lovely day at the zoo creating memories that would last a lifetime.

On one point I was correct. We created memories that day but none of the warm fuzzy stuff I thought I’d be creating. 

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Be Careful Who You Shake Hands With at Work

39% of people are masturbating at work

sitting on toilet

In the "I thought nothing could surprise me anymore" category I came across this article today at Time Out New York. Staff writer Jillian Anthony did an informal poll through her social media channels and it turns out 39% of people are masturbating at work. 

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baby who is always screaming

My first son had a tumultuous journey coming into the world. Everything that could go wrong with my labour and delivery did and he quite simply didn’t want to come out. When he finally made his entrance, he looked around for a few minutes and then fell asleep. He was, in fact, such a great sleeper that my husband and I got cocky and would pat ourselves on the back for being such amazing parents. “What’s so hard about this?” we asked as we chuckled. This pattern continued as he grew.

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Skin bleaching

Just this morning we received a cheeky pitch from a company that makes and sells skin whitening cream for the intimate areas of your body that include, but are not limited to, (and this is taken directly from the website:)

Anal Skin
Penile Skin
Vaginal Skin

The email continued on to say they were looking for a little exposure (well played, bleach company, well played) and the pitch even included potential working titles like: 

Keeping up with the Jones: Why so many women are bleaching to look better.

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Is The Big Santa Con Hurting Our Kids?

You Do It Your Way and I'll Do It Mine

You sit on a throne of lies

Every year articles come out about how we're doing wrong by our kids by having them believe in Santa.

They won’t trust us.
We’re teaching our kids to lie.
It’s deceitful.

We even have articles on YMC about it.

Money expert, Rubina Ahmed-Haq, says we are setting our kids up for financial failure by telling stories about Santa, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny.

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Alarm Clock That Wakes You Up With An Orgasm

Come again? An alarm that wakes you up with an orgasm?

In what could be the best article I’ve ever written on a Monday morning, I’m going to attempt to get through this without using any sex puns.


Nope, sorry; I can’t do it. This up and coming product deserves its shining moment.

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This is why you should always make sure your kids are buckled in safely

Nobody expects to get in a car accident. I know I certainly didn’t when we left the house on a sunny Sunday afternoon to go to my mother-in-law’s house to celebrate Mother’s Day.  But less than a kilometer away it happened. 

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