Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Tips for Parents to Get Through the Puberty Years

Screen shot 2013-04-08 at 4.02.13 PMPublished April 2013: Mom.Me

Tips for Parents to Get Through the Puberty Years
‘Set clear boundaries’ and other ways to handle the changes ahead

Article Excerpt:

The puberty years can send parents and preteens on an emotional roller coaster ride. From wild mood swings and impatient moments to short fuses and temper tantrums, it’s likely the entire family will need to find ways to adjust and cope. How can you keep your sanity while also offering a supportive environment for your pubescent child? Education, communication and self-care should be a top priority for parents during this time. Continue reading

April 8, 2013 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

The World of Parents and Their Tweens

Published August 2011: eHow Family & Relationships

The World of Parents and Their Tweens
Patience, Understanding and Love Help Children Navigate This Critical Period

Article Excerpt:

The tween years can be an exciting yet treacherous time for a child. Beyond an increased awareness of physical and emotional changes, these 8- to 12-year-olds clinging to childlike innocence are pushed into the world of adolescence. Continue reading

August 28, 2011 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Parents vs. Tweens: Survival of the Fittest?

Published October 2010: ParentUSAcity.com

Parents vs. Tweens: Survival of the Fittest?

Article Overview:

The “tween” years have their own unique issues, as children ricochet back and forth between early childhood and beckoning adolescence.

But the relationship between parent and child doesn’t have to be a constant struggle. Continue reading

October 8, 2010 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Dog is a Tween

PaigedogWe all go through defiant phases in our lives – the terrible twos, the child/adolescent tween years, the roll-your-eyes-at-everything teen stage, and then adulthood, the stage with more categories I can name in one blog post.

This week, I’ve realized that dogs go through many of these same phases and I’ve determined that my dog is officially a tween.

I’ve spent the last few weeks reading through a few books about tweens (Talking to Tweens and The Tween Years), primarily for an article I’m writing but also because I have an 11-year old daughter. What has surprised me the most is that there are some very real behavioral similarities between my 11-year old daughter and my two-year old dog. Continue reading

September 24, 2009 Posted by | Blog, Parenting, Reflecting | , , , , , | Leave a comment