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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Back to school prep.

The summer vacation clock is ticking away; the beginning of the new school year is right around the corner.  You can tell by how quickly the smiles on my kids’ faces are fading and how much more pep I have in my step.  A couple of weeks before school starts, our family starts our “back to school prep.”  It’s more than just stocking up on school supplies, new clothes, and shoes.  We move bed time back to what it will be during the school year, as opposed to the more relaxed, later bed time we have during the summer.  We go over what the weekday schedule of activities will be so my kids know what to expect.  We stock up on healthy foods for lunches and snacks.  None of this is rocket science; but in the past, when my kids were younger and I was not as organized, the prep time was much shorter and I can honestly say the more prep time we have, the smoother the transition. 

 

I’ve always been a “clean slate” person; meaning, I like to “start with a clean slate” or “at the beginning.”  Every time I make a change in a personal habit I start on a Monday.  It just doesn’t seem right to me to start in the middle of the week.  Back to school time is the ultimate “clean slate” for me (but don’t get me started on the fact that the county’s first day of school is on a THURSDAY this year…).  New Clothes, new shoes, new supplies, new class, new beginning, new attitude.  It makes it seem like we all get a “do over.”  We can make this new year anything we want it to be!  We can replace old, bad habits with new better ones!  At least for the first week…

 

How does your family “prep” for back to school time? 


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