Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Family Fun on a Rainy Day

RainyDayFunPublished December 2012: eHow Mom

Family Fun On a Rainy Day

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As refreshing and calming as a rainy day may seem, a day inside can put a serious crimp in many families’ plans. Don’t let a few raindrops halt the fun, though. Be inventive and create family fun day designed just for rainy days. With a few tips and ideas to get your family engaged, you’ll be wishing for more raindrops in the future. Continue reading

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10-Mood Boosting Foods

MoodBoostingPublished December 2012: eHow Food

10 Mood-Boosting Foods

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The saying “you are what you eat” may have some merit when it comes to your mood. “Many people fail to realize that a majority of the chemicals that regulate our moods actually come from the nutrients in the food we eat,” said Rania Batayneh, a San Francisco-based nutritionist. If your mood is not want you’d like it to be, stock up on foods that will give you a much-needed boost. Continue reading

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Growing Vegetarians

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Published December 2012: Mom.Me

Growing Vegetarians: Making Sure Your Kids Get the Proper Nutrients
No meat? No problem. Tips to help your little one stay healthy

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As more families opt for a meatless lifestyle, providing a well-balanced diet for kids — from toddlers to teens — becomes a priority. It doesn’t have to be a challenge, though. “With vegetarian diets, it’s relatively easy to supply all the nutrients a growing child needs since these diets contain foods from all five food groups,” says Elizabeth Somer, dietitian and author of “Eat Your Way to Happiness.” All it takes is some creative and careful planning for your child to get the proper nutrients as a growing vegetarian. Continue reading

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8 Signs of Depression in Your Teen

TeenDepressionPublished December 2012: Mom.Me

8 Signs of Depression in Your Teen
Learn how to recognize the signals that your adolescent needs help

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Adolescence is a difficult and critical stage in human development. But when your teen exhibits signs beyond typical behavior, it may be time for concern. “Often, teens become depressed when there is no permission within their family to directly express powerful feelings,” says Dr. Fran Walfish, psychotherapist and author of “The Self-Aware Parent.” Recognizing the signs and opening the lines of communication can help your teen cope. Continue reading

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Tips on Raising an Only Child

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Published December 2012: Mom.Me

Tips on Raising an Only Child
Debunk the myths and make parenting an ‘only’ more rewarding

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Raising an only child is rewarding, as well as challenging, for the entire family. “Perhaps the greatest fear parents of only children have is that they’ll raise entitled, spoiled and selfish children,” says Dr. Paul Hokemeyer, New York-based psychotherapist. Instead of fretting over the challenges, embrace this unique parenting opportunity. “The most important thing a parent can give a child is the felt experience of being unconditionally loved,” says Hokemeyer. Continue reading

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