Shannon Philpott

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching

Bouncing Back Memories

bouncing backPublished May 2015: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

Bouncing Back Memories

It was a grueling game of one-on-one basketball. The ball swooshed into the basket once and then twice and even though the rebounds bounced on a driveway instead of a court, the sound of the crowd cheering and chanting could be heard. Except, it wasn’t a crowd. It was a 40-year old mom pretending thousands of fans were cheering her on as she gained points on her 14-year old son who for 30 minutes, gave her his time, his laughter, his competitive spirit and a rigorous workout. Continue reading

May 8, 2015 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion | , , | Leave a comment

The Parent SOS

parent SOSPublished February 2015: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

The Parent SOS

From the time I was a child, I was taught to work hard. This work ethic that was ingrained in me from the start has given me many opportunities to excel at multiple jobs. I’m a go-getter, a type “A” organizer and a loyal employee. I learned this from my mom who tirelessly worked two or three jobs at a time to put food on the table and expected my sisters and me to work just as hard at school, around the house and at our part-time jobs as teenagers. Continue reading

February 28, 2015 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion | , | Leave a comment

Top Kids Books for the Holidays

kids booksPublished December 2014: Mom.Me

Top Kids Books for the Holidays
It’s a classic: A good story is always the perfect gift

Article Excerpt:

At a time of the year when the holidays bring magic to your child’s world, the gift of a special book can take them on a trip of magical fantasy. “Books stimulate a child’s sense of curiosity, creativity and imagination and validate their feelings,” said Dr. Donna Housman, founder of Beginnings School in Weston, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. Choose just the right book as a gift to stir your child’s imagination this holiday season.

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December 6, 2014 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

Once a Parent, Always a Parent

once a parentPublished November 2014: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

Once a Parent, Always a Parent

Once my children reached teenage status, I was entered into a whirlwind journey that I can clearly admit that I was not prepared for. It’s no secret that teenagers can be moody, more opinionated or even combative and know-it-all human beings seeking more freedom. I knew all of this. What I wasn’t prepared for was the loneliness I would feel when they reached this stage of independence. Continue reading

December 6, 2014 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion, Sample Work | , , , | 2 Comments

Raising Informed Kids

informedkidsPublished November 2014: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

Raising Informed Kids

Although it may seem like as parents, we have it all together and have prepared our children for every situation, there are times when we realize that something has slipped through the cracks. I remember the shock I felt when my children told me that they believed everything on the Internet was true or when they spouted off inaccuracies about presidential candidates because that’s what they were told by a friend. Continue reading

November 6, 2014 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

The Perfect Plan

perfect planPublished October 2014: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

The Perfect Plan

On a daily basis, I catch myself repeating the word “perfect” over and over again. When a meeting or plan is finalized, I respond with “That’s perfect.” When my children leave in the morning with beds made and rooms ‘somewhat’ picked up, I tell them “That’s perfect.” As my students arrive on time for class or club meetings, I reiterate how “perfect” it is. Continue reading

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

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

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