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Shannon Gibson

Shannon Gibson
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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.

A Tribute to the Best Clam Chowdah in Greater Boston

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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“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

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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...
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Anti-Racism Starts at Home

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I am a white woman raising white children with my white husband in our predominantly white New England town. I was born in the south, raised in the west, moved back to the south,...
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Celebrate Anyway

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A typical May is a month full of celebrations. May 2020 is by no means a typical month, given our world’s current pandemic status. But we will celebrate anyway. Graduations, birthdays, weddings, proms, holidays, and end-of-school...
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To the Mama with a New Baby… We’re Still Here

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Becoming a new mom is hard on any given day. But to the mama who has delivered a brand new baby during the time of coronavirus, I’m thinking about you a lot lately.  When you...
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“Mommy, Come Play With Me”

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On some level, our children know things are different right now. Their level of understanding may vary, but kids are extremely intuitive. They may not be able to verbalize the confusion or unsettledness they feel in these extreme circumstances, but they do know how to say, “Mommy, come play with me.”
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Practicing Gratitude in the Midst of Coronavirus

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A full night's sleep offered some needed perspective the next day: My family was safely home together. We had plenty of food. We were all healthy. As the media highlighted those who were not as fortunate, I knew I did not want to take our situation for granted. 
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The Baby Who Made Me a Mom Is Turning 4

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For now, we take each day as it comes. We learn together, and we overcome together. And yes, four years later, we still rock in our chair together.
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To the Stay-at-Home Mom Working a Side Hustle

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To the stay-at-home mom working a side hustle… I see you.  I see everything you are juggling that you think the world is blind to.  I see your alarm set for 5 a.m. each day.  I see...
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There Is a Place for Winter :: 3 Unexpected Gifts from the Coldest Season

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It is easy to get frustrated with the negatives of winter — cabin fever, all the effort it takes to layer your kids up to go outside, digging your car out of snowbanks just to leave the house. Like all the seasons, winter is fleeting. Enjoy the gifts it offers us while it is present. Despite my skepticism of this frosty season, I have come to realize that there is a place for winter.