Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

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