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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Spring Musical

My teen is no stranger to extracurricular activities.  Over the years she has participated in various sports, clubs, and after-school programs with various levels of time commitment.

This year she decided she wanted to participate in the spring musical production at her high school for the first time.  While we encourage our kids to “branch out” and try new things, or anything she might be interested in; and we were initially encouraged that all of the rehearsals would be held at the high school, once again her time commitment became our time commitment as her parents and chauffeurs.

As we approached actual show time, the rehearsals became more frequent and longer.  Late hours …

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ImPROMptu

My teen daughter’s high school has only a Senior prom, not a Junior/Senior prom, or a separate Junior prom.  This was one of the reason’s my daughter decided against graduating early, which she had originally planned.

Even though she would “technically” be a Senior, she didn’t want to go to prom when it wouldn’t really be her “class.”  Ironically, through some strange turn of events, she DID end up going to the Senior prom at her school this year.  It started at the beginning of second semester when she dropped a math course she didn’t need and was placed in Journalism.  She then found out her journalism class would be putting together …

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Summer Tour

It started with an idea.  After I came home from my trip to Texas with my mother-in-law, known by most everyone as Granny, Katie and I started talking about how lucky we are to spend important time with the people in our family.  She had a bright idea that she’d love to share a visit to the Holocaust museum with her Papa, my dad.  It happened in an instant, really.  And then it morphed over a period of weeks and months and as of last weekend it turned into a month-long journey all over the eastern half of the country with …

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Ditch Day

Some call it a tradition; a rite of passage; a privilege earned.  It’s Senior Ditch Day.  I don’t know exactly when this annual event started, or where, but it is pretty wide-spread.  I still remember my own Senior Ditch Day.

It was nearly impossible to cut class at my high school, let alone ditch an entire day.  I attended a strict Catholic High School and if a parent didn’t call in your absence by a 8:30 AM, the “Attendance Nun” would start calling the homes of all the absent students.  If the student or a parent didn’t pick up, the call needed to be returned within a certain amount of time before …

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Moving Out – Phase One

Every single time I think about moving Katie back out of the dorm I shudder just a little bit.  I’ve visited that tiny little room over the course of the last several months and each time I go it seems more and more full of stuff. 
I have been encouraging Katie to bring some things home every single time she visits and have yet to see her bring a load of things back and leave them.  It seems like every time she comes here and returns to school she is carrying more things to Greenville. 
A couple of weeks ago when Mark …

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Parental Nightmare

Parents and kids alike have been reeling over a tragic car accident that killed one local high school Freshman and severely injured two others.  There has also been a lot of wondering “where were the parents?”

None of us parents are immune to this particular accusation.  When a toddler gets into a mess, people ask, “where were her parents?”  When an elementary school student gets into trouble, the same question is asked.  It is certainly no different when we hear about terrible things happening to young people in the news.  Two girls walking down a dark road go missing…”Where were their parents?!”

Psychologically it is a way to distance ourselves from a tragedy.  …

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Smoking By Any Other Name…

It’s hard to miss the newest in smoking…or not smoking.  I’m really not sure where this one falls.  Vapor cigarettes are getting lots of attention these days.  And like most things that are questionable in value and safety, they’re getting the attention of teens.
If I understand correctly, vapor cigarettes deliver nicotine without smoke.  The vapor cigarette has a cartridge full of liquid which contains nicotine and a flavor of some sort which is vaporized when the user pushes a button.  The user then inhales this vapor and gets nicotine delivered to their lungs and then their bloodstream….

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Being Grown Up…Not as Fun as it Seems Some Days

Spring break wasn’t much of a break for my Lexie.  She got a week off from college classes, but spent much of it working.  I’m not sure she emerged from her break feeling more relaxed, but I hope she feels good about being so productive.
A couple of years ago, Lexie worked for one of the local realty companies that manages the rental of beach homes.  Things are picking up as the weather gets more beach-friendly, so she recently signed on to work for the same company again.  Usually the work she does takes place on Saturdays, inspecting the properties after they’ve been cleaned and …

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Grades

How important are your children’s grades?  Most parents would probably say “pretty important.”  There are those parents who know that grades don’t always necessarily reflect a child’s intelligence or abilities.

There are also those parents who don’t complain about the grades if they know their child is doing his or her best.  I do understand, logically; intellectually, that grades don’t mean anything other than the person could reproduce the correct answers on a test.  Some kids learn easier or quicker than their peers; some have great memories; some are good at cheating.

There are many factors that come into play when we discuss grades.  Even though I know in my mind that grades …

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Heartbreaking News

News of a fatal car crash involving teens in Onslow County hit me hard.  I know I am not alone.  I would guess that every parent in this county (and far beyond) had similar feelings on reading this news.  As a parent of teens, or a parent of kids of any age, you can’t help but imagine that sort of news involving someone you love.
It is this parent’s biggest fear…any sort of accident that leaves your kid injured or killed.  And it’s something I imagine as a possibility any time my kids are out of my sight.  I’ve always been that way.  …

 

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