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.


Taking a lunch box doesn’t sound so bad..

Lately there have been a few extremely hungry teenagers when they arrive home and dinner can’t seem to arrive fast enough either.  What is going on?  Are they missing lunch at school? It seems as if the time allotted isn’t enough for the amount of students that are attempting to eat lunch..  According to our oldest two, lunch has changed drastically.  Not that is doesn’t taste the best but that the time to get through the lunch line, sit down and eat has decreased. They find themselves in longer lines with less time to consume their meal.  Our daughter feels like she is rushing to get her food and not digesting properly.  She has acid reflux and if food isn’t properly chewed the break down for her is not very good.  Rushing is not good at all, if they are able to eat as a result of the long lines and fear of being tardy to the next class. One several occasions we have had the conversation about time management but each of them say there isn’t enough time to eat and they are all on different lunch times during the day.  After our conversation I began to research it and it seems as if this problem is spread across our country.

According to Dr. Wilder, In the Minneapolis public schools, we are supposed to have 15 minutes to eat, which would be bad enough. But realistically we get only 10 to 11 minutes (we have been timing it).

Having to rush to eat is part of the reason for the obesity epidemic, eating disorders, indigestion and kids not doing well in school. There is research that proves all of these points. Kids just need more time to eat at school.

Rushing to eat high-calorie meals at school, or at home, is the cause for the gastroesophageal reflux. This is often called heartburn. Heartburn feels bad — the symptoms are burning in the chest, overall chest pain, burning in the throat, difficulty swallowing, food sticking in middle of the chest or throat, sore throat and cough.

That isn’t good news at all.  Perhaps our schools could benefit from placing outdoor time and more time in for lunch.  Our children will be preparing lunch at home just to make sure they can eat without waiting in line for that short 15 minutes.

Do your children complain about the short time they have for lunch at school?


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