Shannon Philpott

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching

Bouncing Back Memories

bouncing backPublished May 2015: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

Bouncing Back Memories

It was a grueling game of one-on-one basketball. The ball swooshed into the basket once and then twice and even though the rebounds bounced on a driveway instead of a court, the sound of the crowd cheering and chanting could be heard. Except, it wasn’t a crowd. It was a 40-year old mom pretending thousands of fans were cheering her on as she gained points on her 14-year old son who for 30 minutes, gave her his time, his laughter, his competitive spirit and a rigorous workout. Continue reading

May 8, 2015 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion | , , | Leave a comment

The Parent SOS

parent SOSPublished February 2015: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

The Parent SOS

From the time I was a child, I was taught to work hard. This work ethic that was ingrained in me from the start has given me many opportunities to excel at multiple jobs. I’m a go-getter, a type “A” organizer and a loyal employee. I learned this from my mom who tirelessly worked two or three jobs at a time to put food on the table and expected my sisters and me to work just as hard at school, around the house and at our part-time jobs as teenagers. Continue reading

February 28, 2015 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion | , | 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 | , , , | 2 Comments

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 | , , , | 1 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

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

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

Looking into the Future: Faith and Freedom

faith and freedomPublished August 2014: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

Looking into the Future: Faith and Freedom

Each year, on the first day of school, I make my children line up outside so I can take their picture. As they get older, they groan and moan about this tradition, but after some prodding, they line up on the back deck in front of the large cherry apple tree and smile for a few seconds so I can capture the moment.  Continue reading

August 31, 2014 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

Re-Launching the Idle Faith

idle faithPublished August 2014: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

Re-Launching the Idle Faith

As summer winds to a close, I often jokingly say that I’m counting the days until school starts while mediating arguments and dealing with restless teenagers. As a teacher, I love the fact that I get to stay home with my kids during the summer. We stay busy with day trips, dance and football practices and jaunts to my sister’s pool, but at times, it seems that the kids are restless when a day of “there’s nothing on the calendar” arrives.

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August 31, 2014 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

Parenting Lessons: The Teachable Moments

Screen shot 2014-07-31 at 9.26.10 AMPublished July 2014: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

Parenting Lessons: The Teachable Moments

As a teacher, I crave those teachable moments in life. From a tidbit online to help with my writing to an eye-opening experience in the classroom, I’ve committed to be a lifelong learner. What I never expected, though, is that parenting offers me the most opportunity for those ‘aha’ moments and I’ve learned more about love, life and faith as a parent than in any other role in life I have. Continue reading

July 31, 2014 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment