Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

‘You’re My Favorite’

We all have favorites – a favorite song, shirt, activity or meal. We also want to be the favorite – the prize-winning student, the angelic child or the loyal grandchild.

I often say to my daughter, “You are my favorite baby girl” and her response is “I’m your only baby girl.” I say the same to my son: “You are my favorite baby boy.” It is my way to show them how special they are to me individually because truly, they are both my favorites and my one and only son and daughter. Continue reading


July 28, 2010 Posted by | Blog, Reflecting, Teaching | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Laughter IS the Best Medicine

Although the old cliché sounds corny, laughter really is the best medicine sometimes. Nobody ever died of laughter. In fact, you don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.

I love to laugh although others may not appreciate my loud cackle or the snorting that accompanies it. Sometimes, though, I forget how much I love it and how much I need it. Sometimes, I think we even forget to laugh while caught up with the drama of everyday family life, relationships and work-related stress. Continue reading

July 23, 2010 Posted by | Blog, Reflecting, Teaching | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Kids Should Be Kids

Today, I realized I am a grown up. It’s not because I have a mortgage or a few stray gray hairs poking out. It’s not because my knees pop when I get out of bed or because I use clichés that people under 20 do not understand.

I realized I was a grownup when I told my kids a story about “when I was a kid” and they both rolled their eyes, just like I did when I was younger. When I was a kid, I couldn’t stand it when those “wise” adults used to preach to me about what kids should do.

Kids should be kids – how much more vague does that get? Continue reading

July 6, 2010 Posted by | Blog, Parenting, Reflecting | , , , , | Leave a comment

WiFi Anyone? Nature Girl in Training

So many times, I hear people talk about the “wonders” of the Great Outdoors and the magical sounds of nature. They rave about the healing effects of fresh air, the natural aroma of campfires and the sweet, soothing sounds of crickets chirping at night.

While I appreciate the beautiful lands, trees and waters that we are blessed to have, I’ve never been a nature-type girl. The thought of sleeping on the wet ground, fighting off nature’s creatures and cooking (yes cooking … ugh) over a campfire, makes me itchy and hungry.

With that said, it doesn’t mean I haven’t tried. I’ve tried and I’ve failed miserably. Continue reading

June 30, 2010 Posted by | Blog, Parenting, Reflecting | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Inspiring Summer Reading Program

When I was younger, I loved to read – everything from each book in the Sweet Valley High series to magazines and newspapers. This love of reading inspired my love of writing. I would read books and articles and try to mimic the style, the action and the flow that engaged me for hours on end.

Over the years, time has not been kind to my love of reading. Between preparing for my classes, running kids to soccer games and dance lessons and maintaining somewhat of a clean house, the hours turned to minutes (and often these minutes consisted of keeping up with my RSS feeds on my mobile phone).

My children, though, have found the time to read and they read hours on end, especially when the cable is out or their Nintendo DS games need to be charged. Continue reading

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Blog, Parenting, Reflecting, Writing | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Use This Only For Emergencies

When I traveled to Europe the summer after high school, my mom handed me a credit card right before I boarded the plane. She looked at me sternly and said, “Use this only for emergencies.” The next three weeks were filled with “emergencies.”

It was an emergency when I found the cutest jacket at EuroDisney. It was also an emergency when I was starving for a Belgian waffle on the streets of Belgium. The “emergencies” continued until I reached the $500 limit. Continue reading

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Blog, Journalism, Reflecting, Teaching | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sell Me Like THAT

I’ve never been a fan of sales people. As a journalist, I’m naturally skeptical and I always feel like sales people are trying to pull the wool over my eyes. I question whether they really have my best interests in mind or if they are truly looking out for themselves.

I generally dislike when people try to sell me. A car lot is a miserable place for me because I have this internal struggle of trying to stay strong and negotiate while carefully monitoring my budget and my needs/wants. Door-to-Door sales people make me even more uncomfortable. I feel like they are barging into my private life and interrupting my day. Continue reading

May 8, 2010 Posted by | Blog, Reflecting | 2 Comments

Raising Confident, ‘Hot’ Kids

Confidence is a double-edged sword. If you have too much, you’re labeled as a conceited jerk. If you lack enough, it can kill your drive to succeed and motivation to accomplish great things.

A lack of confidence promotes giant walls impossible to scale and negativity that convinces us that the world is against us – why try, right? Continue reading

April 28, 2010 Posted by | Blog, Parenting, Reflecting | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Ghost of Easter’s Past

As a kid, I loved the excitement and anticipation of Easter. This mystical big-eared creature forced me to hunt through every part of the house to find my basket filled with stuffed toys, candy and eggs.

Sometimes I would find it in my room, other times the bathroom, and once in the stove.

To me, the Easter bunny was like a joyous ghost. Continue reading

April 4, 2010 Posted by | Blog, Parenting, Reflecting | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mommy’s Time Out

Deep down, I know that I’m a good mom. I know that my kids love me. And, I know that we all have mutual respect for each other. But, I don’t always see the effects of my parenting in the midst of our hectic schedules and daily routines.

 Sometimes, I need to take myself out of the “mommy” role to truly be a better parent.

 My job takes me to several professional development conferences every year. At these conventions and workshops, I learn how to effectively improve my teaching, my media advising and my skills as a reporter. Ironically, these conventions also teach me how to be a better parent. Continue reading

March 24, 2010 Posted by | Blog, Parenting, Reflecting | , , , , , , | Leave a comment