Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Pinewood Derby: A Teaching Moment

I’m not a crafty mom. I’m not even a very creative mom. I don’t follow directions well and I always put things together at the last minute. So when I first heard about the Pinewood Derby project for my son’s cub scout pack a few years ago, I panicked. How in the world was I going to help my son build a car, much less figure out how to come up with a concept for his car? 

What I quickly learned was that this project would be a teaching moment for all of us. Continue reading


January 30, 2010 Posted by | Blog, Teaching | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Just Say No

just_say_noIt’s no secret that I am a chronic “yes” girl. I can’t say no even when I am buried with projects, work, and family life. Another committee? Sure. Come in on my day off? Why not? Need parent volunteers? I’m your girl.

There are times when I just want to say no, when I want to put the grading pen down, and when I just want to turn off my cell phone for the evening. I didn’t think I could until last night. Continue reading

October 14, 2009 Posted by | Blog, Parenting, Reflecting | , , , , , | Leave a comment