Shannon Gibson

Shannon is a native Texan who first visited Boston in 2012 with her now-husband, Ben. Shannon and Ben immediately fell in love with New England, and it was during that trip that they knew they eventually wanted to raise their family in the Northeast. Fast forward to 2018, and Ben accepted a job as a Photographer/Director at a Boston ad agency. They said goodbye to Texas and moved to Woburn with their pup and daughter (2016). Oh, and Shannon was 6 months pregnant with their son (2018). Shannon holds her License and Masters degree in Social Work, and in the past has been a Case Manager to the homeless population, as well as a School Social Worker. She currently stays home with her two littles, and teaches online ESL courses through VIPKid. Most weekends, you will find The Gibson family traveling and exploring all that New England has to offer. Yes, Please: kindness, coffee, dessert, the beach, phone calls to her mom, antique stores, Target runs. No, thank you: passive-aggressiveness, sweet tea, clutter, sleep deprivation, shoes my toddler can’t put on herself, squeaky playground swings.

Hey Mama, Don’t Just Facilitate Good Times — Join in the Fun!

"CUCKOO" Right as I was hitting my breaking point with my kids, the most absurd, silly sound came trumpeting out of my mouth from seemingly nowhere. We were in the middle of a stressful 30-hour...
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The Thing About Being 2 Years Old

Coming up on my son’s third birthday has me realizing that unless life throws a very unexpected surprise my way, I have raised my last 2-year-old. As many milestones are, this realization is bittersweet.  For...

Celebrating Pride Month with Young Children

Happy Pride!  My children are 5 and 2, and this is the third year we will celebrate Pride Month as a family. Each year we read Pride-centered children’s books, and we craft our own rainbow...
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My Love-Hate Journey with Breastfeeding

Before I was ever pregnant, I declared to my husband that I would not be breastfeeding. It just seemed a little too weird.  Fast forward, and by the time I was holding a baby in...

Simple Eco-Friendly Habits for the Busiest Family

Happy Earth Day!  Since 1970 more than 190 countries across the globe have collectively honored April 22 as a day to celebrate environmental protection over our incredible planet earth. Likely you will plant something green...
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Marriage Confession :: I Miss My Husband

The Timehop app is one of my favorites to check each day. I love being reminded of what season of life I was experiencing 1 year ago, 3 years ago, 10 years ago. Admittedly,...
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Everything I Wish I Had Known When Moving to the Boston Area

Are you moving to Boston soon? Just moved here? Welcome!  My husband and I relocated to Boston from Dallas in 2018 with our then 2-year-old daughter and a baby boy due 3 months after we...
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Healing from the Trauma of 2020

If you survived this year without any traumatic experiences, I applaud you. But I have a feeling that most of us experienced not just one stressful event in 2020, but possibly multiple. Some stress-inducing events...

A Tribute to the Best Clam Chowdah in Greater Boston

I am not a native New Englander, but my love of clam chowder started at a very early age… in Las Vegas. Yes, you read that right. I spent part of my childhood growing...
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A PSA for the 2020 Bread Bakers

Friendly PSA for all you overly optimistic pandemic bread bakers: If you bought an exorbitant amount of yeast in bulk at your local wholesale store at the beginning of the 2020 quarantine, it is now...
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Hey Kids, Please Just Act Your Age

My son recently turned 2. And he’s so good at it.  My husband came home from work one evening and pointed at the newly installed childproof latch on the refrigerator with a knowing look. I...
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Mom Shaming :: Can We Not?

Parenting is hard. Parenting during a global pandemic feels impossible. There are a hundred decisions to make right now that no parent in history has had to make before. Becoming a mom has humbled me...
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Savor What Matters

No phone. No to-do list. No distractions. Sitting in a mountain river with my family brought a reminder to be still and fully present as the current of life rushes by at a rapid, sometimes...
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My Preschooler Showed Me Our Terrible Day Wasn’t So Bad After All

“We’re having a great day!”  “We are?” My question back to my 4-year-old’s declaration was posed with exhaustion, defeat, and total surprise. It had been a rough day. Make that a rough week. Make that a...
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School’s Out for the Summer, but Learning Doesn’t Have to Stop

A socially distant summer is sure to look different for your family this year. But it does not have to be boring. Companies have gotten creative and made the adjustments we need to continue...