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.


Football and More on Friday Night

This week's picture courtesy of Mark.

Friday night found us in the stands at the high school football game, as usual. I was a late arrival, having made plans that conflicted with this particular game before I found out we’d be parents of a cheerleader this year. Mark and Lexie were there already, and Mark had taken a few pictures for me before it got too dark.

It was a tough game for our guys.  I hear it’s a building year for our team this year.  There are signs of improvement.  And we’ve already got one win, so that gives me some hope. I have to say I’m impressed with those kids. They keep coming back every week, spending hours and hours in practices and then giving it their best during games. There’s probably as big a lesson in a losing season as in a winning season…maybe even bigger.

And the families are out in force at every game. The turnout at last week’s game in Richlands was pretty impressive. There wasn’t an empty seat in the visitor’s stands. And there were plenty of people standing along the fences as well. Those kids certainly have lots of support from their parents, families, and peers.

I am not a big follower of football, but I am a supporter of all things that involve kids working together and doing something positive. It’s a pleasure to see so many families feeling the same.  And I’m sure it’s the same in every town all across the country. The whole community is out there cheering on their local kids.

I’m happy to see that same sort of excitement in our community when it comes to other activities our kids are involved in. I think it sends a message, loud and clear, to our teens when there is a group of parents cheering them on as they work toward excellence in sports, music, drama, academics, and the other positive things they do. It’s so important to let kids know we notice when they’re doing something good.

Too often the negative is what gets attention when it comes to teens.  I think the stands at the Friday night football games are a great spot to make us all less cynical about teens…the ones out there playing football, the girls cheering them on, and all the well-behaved kids hanging out and supporting their classmates.

Anybody else enjoying these Friday night football games for more than just what’s going on out on the field?

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