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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Talking about Teen Dating

Opening the door to communication with your teen means that you should be prepared to talk about a whole host of topics. Some of those topics may be challenging, including teen dating.

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How Teens Think

Discovering that there may actually be a rhyme or reason to not just ‘what your teens think’ but ‘how they think’ may be news to parents. It may help to know that communication actually starts in the brain.

“Parents need to realize the rational part of a teen’s brain isn’t fully developed and won’t be until he or she is 25 years old or so,” says Jana Martin, Ph.D., a psychologist specializing in adolescents and a spokeswoman for the American Psychological Association.

Keeping an eye on your child’s brain development can help you understand whether they’re talking or not talking is something to be concerned about.

Signs of trouble

It’s normal for teens to be down …

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Talking to Your Teen Using Facebook & Twitter

Twitter and Facebook may be the best ways to connect and communicate, but the question on many parents’ minds is should they friend or follow their teen on the popular social networks? And if you do, how should you treat them?

Ask yourself what do you hope to gain by connecting to your teen online? Don’t use it as an opportunity to snoop on them. For many, seeing status updates is a great way to keep in touch without constantly needing to talk. For teens, it’s a great way to let everyone in their lives know what’s important to …

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How to Text your Teen

Teens love to text. It’s their No. 1 form of written communication. But what are some of the most popular abbreviations?

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Cracking the Teen Code: Teen to Parent Dictionary

Even when you’re speaking the same language, you and your teen may not be communicating. Different words take on different meanings and each generation uses it in different ways.

It’s also a perfectly normal way for each age group to make language its own experience. Pamela Munro, a linguist and editor of the popular college slang dictionary UCLA Slang 6, says “Slang is a kind of code or password (that people use) if people are trying to show that they are a member of your group.”

“Most people start using active slang when they are in junior high.” By the age of 17 or 18, they have a fully developed slang vocabulary …

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How to Talk to Your Teen

Even if you think you have a wonderful relationship with your child, when he or she becomes a teenager, communication may become a problem. A simple parent-child conversation often isn’t simple anymore when the child turns into an adolescent.

 This month, we’re talking about how to communicate with your teens about a wide variety of topics — whether it’s about just how to start a conversation about anything, or how to talk to them about more difficult topics such as dating, school, drugs, smoking or alcohol.

Bring your questions and your challenges here and we’ll talk about them.

Here are some tips to jumpstart communication with your teen:

Pick a time when you’re both …

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Eating Better in 2010

Would they eat this?

Would my teens eat this?

One of the themes kicking off next month is teen nutrition.    I intend to clean up my eating habits in the new year and as the main cook around here, my kids have no choice but to go along with it.

 A few weeks ago we had some friends over for chili night.  Max was pretty insistent that he didn’t like chili, until he helped himself to a bowlful.  Then he announced he does like chili, he just thought he didn’t!  I bet there might be other things that Max might like once he tries them! 

Part of my strategy for better eating …

 

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Whole Grains in the Teen Diet

Better health for your teen could be as close as your breadbox.

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