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.

chris-barnes

Hi Hao

With the oldest and youngest daughters over a decade apart, the interests in my household vary widely particularly with TV viewing.  From Meet the Press (Dad) to Dancing with the Stars (Mom), the parents already have a wide viewing gap.   The girls have an even harder time finding something they all want to watch.

I suppose that is why we spend most evenings with the TVs off.  If we can’t agree and can’t figure out how to take turns, we shut down the TV (or the “machine” as my grandfather would have said).   But there are some examples of crossover interests and occasionally surprising sources of knowledge and wisdom.

As our teen shared a story from school about a ridiculous struggle between her and another student over a pencil, our 4 year old offered wisdom from one of her television programs.    The younger sister said, “Chan, remember what Kai-lan says…  ‘share, share, share.’”   It is always humbling to have someone so young give you advice that it so appropriate.   Wisely, Chan responded to her little sister and said, “Kai-lan is right and so are you.”  While her little sister may have missed some of the underlying reasons that caused her sister to struggle over a pencil,  her overly simplistic advice was mostly on target.

Siblings have been struggling with each since Cain, Abel, Seth and the other original kids.  I have worked to impress upon my kids the need to spend time together and engage, when appropriate, with each others’ interests.     While I don’t imagine my teen will be sitting down to watch Ni Hao, Kai-lan any time soon, she can at least appreciate the words of wisdom she brings via a four year old sister.

Do your kids share and spend time together?

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