Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Back to School: Classes for Adults

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Back to School: Classes for Adults

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You’ve decided to take the plunge and head back to school. Although this journey may seem a bit overwhelming at first, the good news is that you are probably more prepared than you think. “When adults return to college, they bring with them wisdom, experience, maturity, skills and knowledge that informs and enhances their educational experience,” says Karen Stevens, chief academic advisor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. With some research, planning and evaluation of your career goals, you will be ready for the first day back to school. Continue reading


March 23, 2013 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

Teaching Kids Boundaries With Peers

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Teaching Kids Boundaries With Peers
Help your little one learn about personal space, negotiation and other social skills

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Watching your child play with her peers can be an eye-opening experience. Is she sharing with others? Respecting her peers’ boundaries? “Being able to keep good boundaries with peers is essential for developing healthy self-esteem and friendships,” says Raquel Lefebvre, Vermont-based licensed psychologist. Help your child foster healthy friendships by teaching her about appropriate boundaries with role playing and activities that will enrich her understanding of herself and her peers. Continue reading

March 22, 2013 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , | Leave a comment

Teaching Children to Learn From Failure

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Teaching Children to Learn From Failure
Tips to help your little one deal with a set back

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Ever wonder why some children throw in the towel as soon as things get tough while others get right back on the horse and try again? The fear of failure can stifle one child’s progress while motivating another.

“Failure is an opportunity for a child to build their resilience muscles,” says Ingrid Kellaghan, founder of Cambridge Nanny Group in Chicago. Learning to deal with failure, rejection and challenging situations shapes a child’s personality and opportunity for growth. As his parent, you have the power to teach him how to get back on the horse and continue to ride along on this important journey. Continue reading

March 22, 2013 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , | Leave a comment

Teaching Children to be Good Listeners

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Teaching Children to be Good Listeners
Tips to help your little one pay attention to others

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Your little chatty Cathy probably shares every detail about her day with you on a regular basis. She talks about her friends, her toys, her wishes and her wants with excitement and enthusiasm. However, once the chatter stops, does she really listen to you and others? “Developing the ability to listen allows a child to learn not to see only their perspective on things, and to be open to connecting to others on a more intimate level,” says Melody Brooke, a family therapist in Richardson, Texas. Before children can really connect with others, it’s important that they are taught the skills to be good listeners – at home, at school and in social settings. Continue reading

March 22, 2013 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

Teaching Kids About Feelings

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Teaching Kids About Thoughts, Feelings & Behaviors
Play ‘The Feelings Game’ and other ways to learn about emotions

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It’s natural for your child to act out when she doesn’t quite understand what she’s feeling. Her thoughts and feelings naturally contribute to her behavior — so teaching your child about her thoughts, feelings and behavior is key to her development and self-awareness. Continue reading

March 22, 2013 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

The Little Things: Aging Gracefully

photo(2)I’ve never wanted to admit that I’m aging. In fact, as I get closer to 40, I find myself acting more like a teenager, wearing scarves, boots and purple jeggings, dancing to Flo Rida in my underwear and sucking down trendy Starbucks drinks much to my childrens’ dismay.

However, one thing I’ve learned during this year of transition and quite possibly, a mid-life crisis, is that as I age, it’s the little things that matter the most.

Instead of getting excited over 50 cent draft night, I find more pleasure in the purchase of a Dyson vacuum cleaner. Continue reading

January 10, 2013 Posted by | Blog, Reflecting | , , , | Leave a comment

Gender Neutral Activities for Kids

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Gender Neutral Activities for Kids
Find a common ground: Fun ideas for boys and girls

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As a parent, you know that there are many differences between a boy and a girl in how they play. Your daughter may particularly like tea parties while your son wants to roughhouse with a football.

Gender-neutral activities offer benefits for both boys and girls. “They are suitable because they do not focus or push the child into a category that is pre-prescribed based on gender bias,” said Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn, an associate nursing professor at Sacramento State University who specializes in brain and gender studies. Continue reading

December 13, 2012 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

Nice to Meet Me

My name is Shannon and I like to run, sing, and dance around by myself. I truly like cutting the grass with the sun shining on my shoulders. I like to listen to music – any music – that makes me want to dance and I like to people watch and daydream. It’s nice to meet me.

I’ve always known ‘things’ about myself – I’m a mom, a partner, a teacher, an adviser, a friend, a colleague, a sister, a daughter and a neighbor – but I’ve always felt a little lost consumed by all of these roles. I wasn’t sure who I truly was and what I liked. Continue reading

May 1, 2011 Posted by | Blog, Reflecting | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Trust Me … I have a Plan

If you asked my family whether or not they viewed me as a planner, I can guarantee that the answer would be no, maybe even Hell No.

This stems partially because I never seem prepared. I’m that mom in the carpool line digging through my purse fishing for quarters to pass out lunch money to my kids. I’m the driver scrolling through my GPS searching for directions on the way to my destination. And even worse, I’m one of those last minute appointment makers and birthday gift buyers (typically on the way to the party).

The reality is, though, that I am a mental planner. My ADD-ish brain is constantly in planning mode. Continue reading

March 18, 2011 Posted by | Blog, Reflecting | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Silly Little Pumpkin Pie Deliciousness

I’ve never been crazy about pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread or even pumpkin-flavored ice cream treats, but I do have a fascination with the word “pumpkin.” Ever since my daughter was born, she has been my pumpkin. And when my son came along, he became my pumpkin pie.

Twelve years later and I still call them my pumpkins. I text them with embarrassing lovey-dovey notes such as ‘How is my peppy slice of pumpkin pie deliciousness’ and ‘Mommy loves her pumpkin doodle.’ Continue reading

March 6, 2011 Posted by | Blog, Parenting, Reflecting, Teaching | , , , , , , | 2 Comments