Shannon Philpott

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching

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 | , , , | Leave a comment

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

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

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