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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Around the World

Three years ago I had an opportunity to travel with my then thirteen year old daughter to Southern Italy and Greece.  We went with a small group of people from her school on a nine day tour.  I can honestly say it was one of the best times of my life, traveling through Italy and across the Adriatic to Greece.

We spent the days sitting together on the charter bus and touring with the group.  We ate meals together, took pictures together, shopped for souvenirs together.  The only thing we didn’t do was room together, which I honestly think might’ve put us over the edge.  We were able to enjoy spending time together on a once-in-a-lifetime trip but also had just enough of our own space.  We still share many private jokes about the trip, highlighting the special bond we forged during that time.

This year we had a second opportunity to travel abroad on another tour.  I was looking forward to making more memories on another trip with my “travel buddy.”  This trip was a bit longer and busier – about twelve days and four countries.  I was particularly excited about taking my now sixteen year old daughter to some of the same places where I traveled on my first trip abroad when I was sixteen.

The trip started off with my daughter and I traveling to Raleigh and staying overnight in a hotel together before going to the airport.  Much to my dismay, that was the last bonding we did on this trip.  Let’s just say there is a big difference between traveling with my daughter at thirteen and traveling with my daughter at almost seventeen.  I was informed that she would sit with me on the bus the first day, but after that probably sit with the other girls her age. She was true to her word, only responding to my greeting her as she passed by me sitting alone on the charter bus.  She did eat meals with me and the rest of our group, but I was subjected to the conversations between she and the other girls, which included how they were happy their own mothers had declined to come along on the trip.  Due to numbers, I roomed alone the entire trip, which would’ve been more enjoyable if I didn’t have all that time to wallow in my disappointment about the loss of a second bonding adventure with my daughter.

Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the trip.  I’m still glad my daughter was able to see so many wonderful places as well as make some new friends on the trip.  It just didn’t live up to the special time I had with my daughter the first time around.  It was, however, a glaring sign of what’s to come with her leaving for college in less than a year.

How have you dealt with your teen pulling away from you as they get older?

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