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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Goodbyes.

It seems like all of a sudden, half the teenagers I know are leaving town.  It’s that time of year when college kids head (back) to school.  I remember all too well when I was a recent high school grad getting ready to leave home for the first time; my best friends and I headed in different directions.

I also remember leaving some of my younger friends behind to finish high school, feeling suddenly like the one or two years of age that separated us now became a giant chasm separating high school kid from college student.  I remember the loneliest I even felt was after my family helped me move into my freshman dorm and then left for home.  I don’t know if my mom cried on her way home, or if she looked to her friends for consolation about her “baby” being grown.

I do know that several of my daughter’s friends are just beginning their college journey; nervous freshman leaving the comforts of home for a dorm.  I know that my daughter is sad to see some of her closest friends go off to college in another town, knowing they won’t see or speak to each other every single day anymore.  I know that some of my friends are feeling down watching their children leave home, whether it be for the first or last time.  It is definitely a bittersweet time of year for many folks.  In just one short year my family will be in the same boat as my oldest leaves for college…sigh.  I guess the best we can do is remember that when one chapter ends another begins and that some of the best books have the most chapters.

 

Is your teen leaving for college for the first time or as a returning student?  Does it get easier each time? 


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