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, Here We Come!

You just can’t miss it.  Every store you walk into has displays of back to school supplies or back to school clothes.  Any store that sells electronics is pushing laptops specially priced for students heading back to school.  The shelves in the bedding aisles are bursting at the seams with extra-long twin comforters and sheets for the college dorm crowd.  It’s back to school time.

Back to school brings out the very best in us.  It’s shiny new supplies and the excitement about fresh starts and new friends and experiences.  But it also brings up the worst.  It’s worries about whether there will be a good fit between teachers and students …

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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 …

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Apartment Dweller

It’s official.  Katie is now moved into an off-campus apartment.  We loaded up the Kia and her little car last week with bedding and towels and computer equipment and an unreasonable amount of clothing and a whole lot of other stuff and headed to Greenville to move our kid into an apartment.

Last year when we moved her into the dorm we were surprised to find a very orderly process and an army of people waiting to help make it easy for us.  This year I expected it to be more of a free for all and a disorderly mess.  I was pleasantly surprised to arrive a few minutes ahead of …

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Target and Moms…Dangerous Stuff

We went in for a prescription. It's in my purse. That's just the other stuff we found on impulse.

We moms know it.  Target is a dangerous place.  We go in there for one thing.  Like tape.  Or a greeting card.  Or, in my case, to pick up a prescription.  And we walk out with a cart full of other stuff.  (And sometimes we forget that one item we walked in for!)Such was the case the other day when Katie and I went to Target to pick up a prescription.  We got the prescription we needed in no time flat.  And then we decided we needed to check …
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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 …

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Framed

They've been framed!

Katie’s elementary and middle school friend and first-semester college roommate, Veronica came to visit last week.  We hadn’t seen her since she left second semester, so we were all excited to see her again.  They hadn’t been together a second before I heard giggling from the living room and then it escalated and then there was lots of noise and someone was crawling in the kitchen and I looked over and Katie had her face crammed into a frame meant for a 4×6 photo.  I don’t know what a good mother would do in that situation, but this mother grabbed her camera and ran …
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Checks and Balances.

So my oldest daughter recently turned seventeen and is entering her senior year in high school.  While preparing for her last year of high school, I am also looking ahead at preparing her for college and life as a young adult.  I guess my daughter is a “late bloomer” in that regard; she has never had a job; she doesn’t yet have her driver’s license; and has never had a bank account.  Well, that’s not true…we started a savings account for her at birth but after moving around the country and changing banks several times, that account ended up closed.

Her father and I feel it’s (past) time to teach …

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Tips for Tipping

I'm more than happy to tip the people who bring me my favorite salsa!!

It’s been said that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she treats children, old people, and servers.  I think that’s very true.  We’re pretty good about teaching teens about how to treat little people and elders.  And it’s not too hard for them to learn that from watching us.  I guess they can learn about how we treat servers from watching, too, to some extent.  But tipping might be a topic we need to talk with teens about, since it’s something we tend to do quietly, …

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Lifeguards

What do you think of when you hear the word “lifeguard”?  Safety?  Help?  Security?  Necessity?  These are some of the words that come to mind when I think of a lifeguard.  Appropriately, these words also come to mind when I think about the LIFEguardä program that is making its way into Onslow County schools with the help of the Onslow Pregnancy Resource Center.The LIFEguardä program began in Carteret County in 2002 as part of the healthy living curriculum for 9th graders.  It has since been approved for use with middle-school students as well.  The program is essentially a sexual health/healthy relationship program that aims to educate students on the physical, mental, …

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What’s for Dinner?

Lexie's Veggie Pizza

We’ve got a new favorite dinner in this house.  And it’s so good and such a good choice for a house with teens that I thought I’d share.  It’s pizza.  But we’re making it a little differently these days, thanks to my cousin’s husband.

When we were on vacation at the beach house, my cousin’s husband, Scott, volunteered to make dinner one night, provided we let him do things his way.  I sure won’t say no to that!  I happily stayed out of the kitchen except to observe and stuff my face.  And when all was said and done, I got to keep the pizza …

 

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