Shannon Philpott

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching

Tips for Babyproofing Your Kitchen and Bathrooms

babyproofingPublished October 2014: Mom.Me

Tips for Babyproofing Your Kitchen and Bathrooms
You don’t want kitchen explorations to continue unsupervised

Article Excerpt:

As your baby becomes mobile through rolling, crawling or walking, it’s likely he will want to explore every inch of your home. The kitchen and bathroom especially pose dangers for your curious George. Secure your child’s health and security with simple babyproofing that will keep him from exploring unsafe areas of your home.

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October 25, 2014 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , | Leave a comment

The Harsh Truth: Trusting the Right Words

harsh truthPublished October 2014: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

The Harsh Truth: Trusting the Right Words

The truth hurts. I’ve often thought that this popular phrase was overused and too much of a cliché, but the more I parent and teach students, the more I’ve realized that nothing is closer to the truth. Continue reading

October 16, 2014 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

Tips for Creating a Baby Growth Chart

baby growth chartPublished October 2014: Mom.Me

Tips for Creating a Baby Growth Chart
Document your baby’s first words, steps and daily milestones with a growth chart.

Article Excerpt:

It’s no secret that children grow like weeds when you least expect it. If your little one is sprouting up the growth chart or steadily gaining height, you won’t want to miss these milestones. Create a baby growth chart at home to document not only height and weight, but also the precious, creative moments that are happening daily.

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

Creating a Morning Routine: New Mom 101

new mom routinePublished October 2014: Mom.Me

Creating a Morning Routine: New Mom 101
Schedule those morning kisses and cuddles without rushing.

Article Excerpt:

As a new mom, it can be overwhelming to juggle feedings and diaper changes for your infant with household responsibilities and family life. Don’t let the stress of your new responsibilities override the joy of cuddling and caring for your new baby. Instead, jump-start each morning with a structured routine that benefits both of you.

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

Worries From Home

worries from homePublished September 2014: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

Worries From Home

Being away from home is never easy as a single mom. Before I leave for a work trip, I have to coordinate care for my children, including rides to practices and social activities, while also arranging for someone to keep an eye on my home and my high-maintenance dog.  Continue reading

September 28, 2014 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

Making a Life Instead of a Living

life versus livingPublished September 2014: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

Making a Life Instead of a Living

I’m not too proud to admit that I’m a workaholic. When I’m not grading student papers or compiling paperwork for the student newspaper on campus, I’m actively writing for publications. There is not one aspect of any of these jobs that I dislike and I feel very fortunate to have the job or jobs that I do have. Continue reading

September 12, 2014 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion, Sample Work | , | Leave a comment

How Baby Games Can Enhance Intellectual Growth

baby gamesPublished September 2014: Mom.Me

How Baby Games Can Enhance Intellectual Growth
Engaging your child through playing games develops brain power.

Article Excerpt:

From patty cake to peek-a-boo, the more interactive activities your child engages in with others, the more potential she has to expand her intellectual growth. From developing motor skills to enhancing brain power, games are a fun way to keep her mind sharp. Expose your little one to new information and discover how games not only keep her giggling, but also intellectually stimulated on a day-to-day basis.

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September 10, 2014 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

Looking into the Future: Faith and Freedom

faith and freedomPublished August 2014: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

Looking into the Future: Faith and Freedom

Each year, on the first day of school, I make my children line up outside so I can take their picture. As they get older, they groan and moan about this tradition, but after some prodding, they line up on the back deck in front of the large cherry apple tree and smile for a few seconds so I can capture the moment.  Continue reading

August 31, 2014 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

Re-Launching the Idle Faith

idle faithPublished August 2014: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

Re-Launching the Idle Faith

As summer winds to a close, I often jokingly say that I’m counting the days until school starts while mediating arguments and dealing with restless teenagers. As a teacher, I love the fact that I get to stay home with my kids during the summer. We stay busy with day trips, dance and football practices and jaunts to my sister’s pool, but at times, it seems that the kids are restless when a day of “there’s nothing on the calendar” arrives.

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August 31, 2014 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

Parenting Lessons: The Teachable Moments

Screen shot 2014-07-31 at 9.26.10 AMPublished July 2014: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

Parenting Lessons: The Teachable Moments

As a teacher, I crave those teachable moments in life. From a tidbit online to help with my writing to an eye-opening experience in the classroom, I’ve committed to be a lifelong learner. What I never expected, though, is that parenting offers me the most opportunity for those ‘aha’ moments and I’ve learned more about love, life and faith as a parent than in any other role in life I have. Continue reading

July 31, 2014 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

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