Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Parenting Pitfalls: How to Turn Flaws Into Faith

parentingfailsPublished March 2014: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

Parenting Pitfalls: How to Turn Flaws Into Faith

We are all flawed. From eating too many sweets and over-indulging in material items to shirking our responsibilities at times and giving into greed.

As a parent, I’d love to say that I’m flawless, but I would be lying. I’m not as consistent as I should be, I give in when I shouldn’t and I sweat the small stuff when there are bigger things to worry about. Continue reading

March 7, 2014 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion, Sample Work | , , , , | 1 Comment

Limiting the ‘Busy’ in Life

Screen shot 2014-02-19 at 7.35.04 PMPublished February 2014: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

Limiting the ‘Busy’ in Life

As parents, we sometimes get so caught up in our children’s lives and our need to please them that we tend to create more havoc for the entire family. Case in point: I have always wanted my children to pursue all of
their dreams, join any activity their little hearts desired and stay busy in hopes that they are fulfilling their passions. I wanted them to have the perfect childhood. Continue reading

February 19, 2014 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

Navigating the Teen Years: Pressure, Patience and Prayer

Screen shot 2014-02-05 at 10.05.47 PMPublished January 2014: The Messenger – Faith: A Fresh Take

Navigating the Teen Years: Pressure, Patience and Prayer

I really thought my toughest years of parenting were when I had two in diapers at the same time. I was exhausted chasing two toddlers, but those smiles and kisses made it worthwhile.

My son and daughter thought I hung the moon and they didn’t seem to mind when I danced around the living room and sang silly songs.

I now have two teenagers. They get embarrassed when I sing in the car, they roll their eyes at my constant reminders to clean up their rooms and complete chores, and the slight mention of hugs and kisses from mom sends them sprinting. I was wrong. These are the toughest years of parenting. Continue reading

January 30, 2014 Posted by | Newspaper Writing, Opinion, Sample Work | , , , | 1 Comment