Jeri Nowlin Shaffer

Jeri Nowlin Shaffer

After teaching for 2 years, Jeri Nowlin Shaffer left the classroom to raise a family. Motherhood brought many remarkable gifts, one of those being the flexibilty to pursue her passion for writing. After 13 years as a stay-at-home mom, Jeri returned to middle school as a History teacher. Free time still finds her writing about parenting, education and politics.
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Bachelor s degree in Elementary Education; minor in Political Science



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  • Parenting Guru: How to choose New Year's resolutions that benefit your child
    As this year draws to a close, it is natural to look back and take note of what worked well, what didn't work so well, and how to make sure my daily routine reflects my priorities.
  • Parenting Guru: Why I hate traveling with my family
    My reluctance to travel typically keeps us at home. But, the kids are growing up quickly and maybe I should do some growing too.
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  • Parenting Guru: Playing referee to our warring children
    Every job has a part that you hate. As a teacher, I hate dealing with paperwork. As a parent, I hate being the person who has to decide which child is right and which is wrong.
  • Parenting Guru: Surviving middle school again
    Remember trying to figure out where you fit in as an awkward middle school student? Believe it or not, it is even worse when you watch your children navigate the choppy waters of junior high school.
  • Parenting Guru: How winter in Ohio trumps winter in Florida
    This year's mild Florida winter has one mom longing for a snow day.
  • Parenting Guru: Heading back to school
    The start of school this year is a little different for our family. Of course there is the usual concern for our children. Ben is venturing to pre-school for the very first time, Maggie is entering first grade, Levi is starting middle school as Caleb embarks on the 8th grade. I always worry about th
  • Parenting Guru: Do your kids know how to swim?
    Our oldest child had his first swim lesson before he was two months old. Okay, so it was more a Lamaze class reunion than a swim lesson (though a friend hired a certified swim instructor). Caleb was enrolled in some form of swim class every year until after he turned 5 years old. We moved from Flori
  • Parenting Guru: What not to say when a friend loses a baby
    A couple of weeks ago, a teacher at my child's school lost her baby 37 weeks into her pregnancy. The details are unbearably sad, but it isn't my story to tell. I will say that I have not been able to get this woman and her devastating loss out of my head. I know her heartbreak first hand. I delivere
  • Geocaching: What It Is and Why Your Family Will Love It
    Geocaching is a fun, inexpensive activity your family will fall in love with this summer. This quick introduction will have you ready to head off on your own adventure.
  • Parenting Guru: Lessons Learned at Camp Corn
    I have never been to an over-night summer camp. Actually, I don't think I ever went to a summer camp of any kind as a child. None of our four children have ever gone away to camp either. To the best of my knowledge, all of my childhood friends also stayed local (meaning in their parents' living room
  • Parenting Guru: What I learned from our children's school year
    As the school year winds to a close, it is natural to look back and consider how much your child has learned and how he has grown during the school year. This year has been especially educational. For me. This year, Maggie started kindergarten and Caleb started middle school. Levi was placed in a fu
  • Mixed Emotions Following the Death of Osama Bin Laden
    The news of the death of Osama bin Laden sent shock waves through the United States.
  • 6 Tips for a Productive Parent-Teacher Conference
    Follow these simple suggestions to get the most out of a meeting with your child's teacher.
  • Our Gulf Coast Home a Year After the Oil Spill
    A year ago when we awoke to news of the oil rig explosion, our primary concern was for the 11 missing workers and their families. We had no idea that the explosion was just the first scene of the tradgedy.
  • Parenting Guru: More sleep + less laundry= Spring Break
    A couple of weeks ago, I was lounging pool side with some of my closest mommy friends. Eventually the topic of Spring Break rolled around. My friends had plans for everything from Disney World to camping in the Smokey Mountains on the calendar for Spring Break. It seems there is no shortage of ideas
  • Obesity Rates Climb, as Does Stigma
    As obesity rates climb, negative opinions about being overweight are also on the rise. How does social stigma impact obesity?
  • How to Establish Effective Discipline for Toddlers and Preschool Children
    Ask any parent to name the three biggest parenting challenges and discipline is bound to be on the list. A former teacher and mother of four previously wild children shares her best tips for establishing effective discipline.
  • Parenting Guru: 10 little things I love about coming home to raise our children
    It never really occurred to me that one day I might live somewhere other than Pensacola, Florida. Of course, I considered going away to college and even attended Auburn University. I think I made it all the way to day 10 at Auburn before crying uncle and going home.In 2003, my husband accepted a gre
  • Parenting Guru: Setting goals for your children and yourself
    Like many stay-at-home mothers, I tend to put the needs of everyone else in the house before my own. I don't eat or sleep well, I don't remember the last time I exercised, I haven't seen my doctor in three years, and taking time for myself is usually not an option. This level of self-neglect might b
  • User post: Saying thanks to a great teacher
    I really try not to brag about the children's school accomplishments and grades. I don't like to brag about student achievements for several reasons, but I will just share the top two. First and foremost, I want our children to understand that we are proud of who they are, not what they do. I think
  • Not Technically a Fire
    I have noticed recently that my satisfaction and productivity is directly related to how long it has been since my last shower. It seems like this would be an easy thing to control, right? Wrong. Taking a shower takes planning, coordination and luck. Case in point:
  • Parenting Guru: Taking advantage of Christmas madness
    [Editor's note: This month, Shine Parenting Gurus are sharing their tips on how they get through the holiday season without losing their wits and patience. Have a tip to add? We'd love to know!]
  • User post: Teaching my kids to deal with disappointment
    Disappointments big and small are part of daily life. We can be disappointed by anything from a recipe being a dinnertime flop to not getting the job we thought would be perfect. How well we bounce back from life's disappointments matters as much, if not more than, the actual disappointments. More i
  • Parenting Guru: Grief and Gratitude
    [Editor's note: This month, Shine Parenting Gurus were asked to write about a moment over the last year that they are genuinely thankful for, whether that was a good time with their family, or a more difficult experience that made reflect upon their lives in a new way.]
  • Christmas Shopping Shaffer Style
    When our two boys were old enough to grasp the concept of Christmas giving, we decided to give them a budget and take them shopping to choose a gift for each parent and his brother. We went together to a department store without much of a plan. We decided that my husband would take Caleb to choose a

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