Nicole Davies

Hello! My name is Nicole and I am a Marine spouse and mother of three daughters, ages 16, 10, and 7. I have been a stay-at-home mom most of their lives while also pursuing my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In the past I have worked as a social worker for child welfare in the state of Pennsylvania. I have also taught preschool for ages 2.5 - 4. During my master’s program I interned as a therapist at an inpatient psychiatric hospital working with adults, teens, and kids. My ultimate goal is to become an independently licensed therapist. Our family has lived in Onslow County for 10 of the last 15 years, which has given my children a stability that is rare among military families. While NC has been my home for several years now, I am still a Yankee at heart! I will always choose a Philly cheesesteak over a pulled-pork sandwich. In addition to taking care of my family and my educational pursuits, I enjoy traveling to destinations near and far; a novel in which I can get lost; and chatting with friends over a good cup of coffee.

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Healthy Hydrating

42-15530168I’ve discovered one of the easiest things to do for my health is to drink more water.  The effects are almost immediate.  But I fall off that wagon a lot!  Even though I lug a water bottle with me, it seems most days I don’t drink enough water.  How do I know that?  Because of the difference in the way I feel on the days when I do drink plenty of water.

One of the effects of the right amount of water for me is I notice a boost in my energy levels.  Water refreshes me in a more authentic way then coffee does.  And I do think my skin looks better when I am properly hydrated.  These are two insights worth sharing with my kids.

I’m pretty sure that my kids aren’t always drinking enough water, either.  They bring water to school with their lunches and might be sure to have a glass of it on their night table when they go to bed – but do they drink the recommended eight glasses a day?  I really don’t think so.  And with all the physical changes teens are going through, I’d bet they need at least eight glasses just to stay hydrated.

I wonder if the trick is offering water in a way that won’t seem like a punishment.   This might be a tough one because teens will be quick to see drinking “just” water as boring and lame.  Gus, who doesn’t drink soda will choose lemonade or sweet tea over water anytime he has the choice.  He’ll even pick milk, which is a choice I can’t find fault with.

 I know they can get some of the recommended amounts of water from fruits and vegetables or herbal teas, even juice.  But I still like the idea of mindfully getting enough water.  And that is by the glass.

 Any one else want to weigh in on whether your teens are staying hydrated? Share your thoughts below.

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