Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Navigating the Teen Years: Pressure, Patience and Prayer

Screen shot 2014-02-05 at 10.05.47 PMPublished January 2014: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

Navigating the Teen Years: Pressure, Patience and Prayer

I really thought my toughest years of parenting were when I had two in diapers at the same time. I was exhausted chasing two toddlers, but those smiles and kisses made it worthwhile.

My son and daughter thought I hung the moon and they didn’t seem to mind when I danced around the living room and sang silly songs.

I now have two teenagers. They get embarrassed when I sing in the car, they roll their eyes at my constant reminders to clean up their rooms and complete chores, and the slight mention of hugs and kisses from mom sends them sprinting. I was wrong. These are the toughest years of parenting. Continue reading


January 30, 2014 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion, Sample Work | , , , | 1 Comment