Darlene Rogers

Hello Middleville my name is Darlene and I am excited to join this wonderful, informative group of caring individuals. I arrived in this area in 2004 and intend to remain as close to the coast as possible. My husband and I have been married for eight years and have a busy blended family of seven. Yes Seven! We have two daughters, three sons, a Poodle and a Rottweiler yet somehow we blend well. I guess that makes Nine! Each child participates in at least two extra- curricular activities,(athletics , social organizations or academic) which means we can tell you the best place to sit on any bleacher as well as which school has the best popcorn on the east coast. Our children range from 19 – 13 years old with completely different personalities. The oldest son is serving our country in the Army and our oldest daughter is in college. The youngest three are currently making career plans from high and middle school. Human service is my field of choice and miraculously completed a masters degree with my busy family schedule last year. I’m currently working in a Human service position with some of the best Marines and their families in the country. It is my pleasure to aide those that due to unforeseen circumstances, need a bit of assistance. My passions are spending time with my family, reading, writing, photography, sketching and cooking. I am looking forward to this new journey here in Middleville, so buckle up as we tour life as we know it.

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Independence

A few days ago Devyn asked if she could walk to a convenience store with one of her boy cousins so that they could buy a drink and a snack. I gave her permission and they were gone for a couple of hours. Before she left she made sure to tell me that she had her phone with her.

It was really cute to see how excited she was to do something without adult supervision. My brother and his family live in a pretty good neighborhood and so I felt comfortable letting her go out on a long walk with her cousin. She was so happy to be out on her own as it were. Devyn is a very responsible kid and she has had baby sitting jobs for several years now but she doesn’t often get to just go out on her own to do things.  We let her be responsible in our home and in other people’s homes but we don’t let her just roam very often.

I suppose that she is getting to the point where we need to let her have a little more independence.  It’s hard for me to think of her as being old enough to not need any supervision but I guess that is one of those growing pains that parents need to go through. It’s tough to balance the need to keep your kids safe with the necessity of letting them start to spread their wings a little bit.  Taking advantage of opportunities like walking to the store with a cousin help me let go a little bit and help Devyn feel like she is starting to grow up. This one little excursion made her so happy that I resolved to find more opportunities like this for her to get out on her own to do things.

How have you started giving your teen independence?

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One Comment on “Independence”

  • Darlene Rogers September 24th, 2014 2:11 pm

    Nice Post Erlene! I to had the same feeling deep in my stomach when the mere thought of letting them venture out but it becomes easier because you can rely on what you have taught them. I’m sure she will take this new found freedom and place it in that tool box you have equipped her with.
    Darlene Rogers

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