Shannon Philpott

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching

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

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

Article Excerpt:

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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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.

Article Excerpt:

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

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