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.

thomas-brock

My name is Thomas Brock and I’ll be using the Onslow Memorial Hospital TweenBeat blog to talk about my experiences as the dad of a 9 year-old girl. Our situation may not be unique (broken household with both parents in new relationships) but it provides a source of ideas and solutions to problems that Mini (my daughter), and other pre-teen children, face. Today’s children face issues and situations that many of us didn’t (at least, I know I did not) have to deal with growing up: Adult-oriented media; Peer pressure to try illicit drugs, alcohol, tobacco and sex; Less parental supervision; And more opportunities for general mischief and mayhem. In Jacksonville, there’s also a constant flow of friends moving into and out of the area and a perceived lack of recreational and extra-curricular activities. It is my goal to provide a springboard for conversations on parenting children that are in the awkward pre-teen stage of development. This site will be a place to come to get some advice from other parents in similar circumstances that will have different experiences and have different ideas. Mini is 9, has lived in Jacksonville her whole life and is in the 4th grade. She’s dealt with me being a Marine, deploying and working weekends and late nights, she’s dealt with the deaths of her great-grandparents and her best friend, and she’s dealt with her parents splitting up and moving onto relationships with new people. She’s dealing with having two completely separate households, with different rules and responsibilities. But she’s dealing with it all very well, I think. I’m 31, have lived in Jacksonville since 2000. I was in the Marine Corps for more than 8 years and deployed to the Horn of Africa in 2003. I’ve been a Civil Servant on Camp Lejeune since 2005, where I worked in the II MEF Family Readiness Office. Earlier this year, I was reassigned to the Installation Personnel Administration Center. I’ve had a girlfriend for several years, though Mini met her last summer. That’s the outline, cast and crew. All that’s left is filling in dialogue. Hopefully, you’ll help with that and this will become the “go-to” place for advice on getting through the “Tween” years…

 

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