Shannon Philpott

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching

How Pregnancy Can Affect Your Relationship

pregnancyPublished July 2014: Mom.Me

How Pregnancy Can Affect Your Relationship
A new baby may mean big changes for you and your partner

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Pregnancy is a time of growth and change — for both mom- and dad-to-be. Pregnancy also provides a period of adjustment for your relationship, as you and your partner prepare for the arrival of a new family member. This is “the real training for parenthood,” says Alicia Clark, Washington-based clinical psychologist. “And nowhere is this more evident than in your intimate relationship, where — perhaps for the first time — the needs of a child have to be balanced with your own.”

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July 21, 2014 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

Tips for Keeping the House Clean With a New Baby

cleaningPublished July 2014: Mom.Me

Tips for Keeping the House Clean With a New Baby
Spot cleaning can ensure a safe environment for your new baby.

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When you bring home your newborn from the hospital, the responsibilities of caring for him while keeping your house tidy can be overwhelming. From feedings and diaper changes to laundry and scrubbing, your to-do list may be overflowing. Finding a balance with your time to ensure your home is clean and safe for your infant is crucial for the health and well-being of your family.

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July 16, 2014 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

Pregnancy Beauty: Best Foods For Your Skin

pregnancy foodPublished July 2014: Mom.Me

Pregnancy Beauty: Best Foods For Your Skin
Choosing foods rich in vitamins offers the nutrients you need and a boost to your skin.

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During pregnancy, a woman’s body has one priority and that is supplying nutrients to the baby. Therefore, Mom may suffer, including her skin, if her nutritional supplies are not stocked up or always replenished with excellent nutrition, says Birgitta Lauren, a pre and postnatal fitness and nutrition expert and author of “Expecting Fitness.”

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July 16, 2014 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

Tips for Keeping Your Husband Calm During Labor and Delivery

labordeliveryPublished July 2014: Mom.Me

Tips for Keeping Your Husband Calm During Labor & Delivery
The more he knows, the better labor and delivery will go.

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Pregnancy is a stressful time for a woman – and for an expecting father as well. Becoming a father is a time of great change for a man, with added strain pertaining to financial planning and the changing dynamic of the relationship between himself and his partner, says OB/GYN Kecia Gaither, Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. The tenseness of labor and delivery can heighten these fears. But with a few creative strategies, you can help keep Dad calm and relaxed during labor and delivery.

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July 16, 2014 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , , | Leave a comment

Multiples? Things to Consider

multiplesPublished July 2014: Mom.Me

Multiples? Things to Consider
If you have multiples on the way, you’ll want to check out these 8 tips to help you prepare!

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As a mom of twins with a total of four kids, Melissa Perry Moraja knows firsthand that having twins is more tiring than having a singleton. Moraja, a North Carolina-based children’s author and illustrator, found that she slept more and ate more when pregnant with multiples. The weight gain was taxing as well, she says. “I was a 125-pound person who couldn’t even fit into my husband’s extra large clothes at 32 weeks pregnant,” says Moraja. Preparing for and parenting multiples includes considering self-care, baby care and support systems.

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July 15, 2014 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , , | Leave a comment

Games That Develop Your Toddler’s Imagination

toddler gamesPublished July 2014: Mom.Me

Games That Develop Your Toddler’s Imagination
Role playing, communication, creativity and collaboration

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Toddlers are bursting with energy, ready to assert independence and full of creative ideas, but they probably don’t know how to express themselves creatively yet. You can help develop your little tyke’s imagination with interactive games that rely on role playing, communication and collaboration. From building blocks and pretend play to dynamic dancing and rhythmic drumming, games that foster your child’s imagination can be a routine part of your day and your child’s life.

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Letting Go and Moving On

lettinggoPublished July 2014: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

Letting Go and Moving On

It’s always interesting to me the memories we hold onto as we get older. Some of them are near and dear to our hearts whereas others bring back the ping of pain in our guts as we remember every single vivid detail. I remember what it felt like to hold my daughter for the first time as if it was yesterday – not 16 years ago – and I can still feel the fear I felt when my son was born and refused to breathe for the first 30 seconds of his life.

Beyond the precious memories that warm our hearts and make us thankful for our gifts, those odd memories of events passed often stick with us, too, and sometimes, for way too long. Continue reading

July 14, 2014 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion, Sample Work | , , , , , | 1 Comment

8 Signs You’re Ready for Children

childrenPublished July 2014: Mom.Me

8 Signs You’re Ready for Children
Are you smiling at the thought of little feet pitter-pattering through your house?

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Does the thought of pitter-pattering little feet running through your house bring a smile to your face? Do you get baby fever whenever you hold a little one? If so, it might be time to have children. There are many factors to consider when deciding if you are ready to raise a happy child in a healthy, safe and loving manner, says Dr. Marina Gafanovich, a New York-based primary care physician. If you are contemplating having a child, these eight signs may be saying that now’s the time.

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July 2, 2014 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

Games for Toddlers and Dads

dadsPublished July 2014: Mom.Me

Games for Toddlers and Dads
Fun options for any day of the week

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Toddlers crave attention, and nothing beats one-on-one time with Daddy. Beyond bedtime stories and playful wrestling, dads and toddlers can entertain themselves with active and creative games. Finding activities that interest both Dad and your little one can help to build a bond between a father and son or father and daughter. From messy play and creative crafts to sporty outdoor games, dads and toddlers have many options to have fun any day of the week. Continue reading

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Games That Teach Toddlers About Feelings

toddlerPublished June 2014: Mom.Me

Games that Teach Toddlers About Feelings
Help your kids learn about emotions

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Your toddler is bound to be happy one moment and sad the next, even though she may not understand why or recognize the feeling itself. Games that help toddlers recognize feelings in themselves also help them learn about feelings in others, says Diane Doyle, director of the Rollins College Child Development Center in Winter Park, Fla. Learn how to help your little one identify feelings while having a little fun throughout the day with these interactive games that teach feelings. Continue reading

June 30, 2014 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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