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.


Keeping Tweens Active

Every age is an important time for a child but the habits and behaviors a child he/she practices between 9-13 may be the most critical for his/her health. The Centers for Disease Control recently released these statistics:

The number of overweight children aged 6–19 has tripled in the past 40 years.
All ethnic groups become increasingly sedentary with age, beginning at around age 10.
Physical inactivity is a main contributing factor to overweight.
Obesity (severe overweight) during childhood and adolescence is associated with obesity during childhood.

Keeping kids active can be something as simple as a walk after dinner or after they come home from school instead of the headlong rush for the sofa. Or it could …


Battling Body Image

Each of us is unique; we come in different shapes and sizes. But that’s an adult’s view of the world. If a child thinks he’s different from the other kids in his class, he can feel bad about it. A child who is shorter or heavier than others may be teased about that difference.


Developing Good Self Esteem at School, Part Two


In our last blog post, we talked about the importance of ensuring that your child’s interactions at school are helping to boost their self-esteem. Successfully navigating the homework challenge can make great strides in developing your child’s confidence.

Remember, kids need some downtime to recharge before tackling homework. Build homework into a daily routine that includes a protein snack for fuel, some physical play, a half hour of tube time, chatting with friends, and a daily chore like feeding the dog.

But sometimes no matter how hard they work at home, challenges in the classroom may still abound. As first quarter report cards begin to come in this month, we’d like to …


Developing Good Self Esteem at School, Part One


It’s almost two months that the kids have been back at school. Remember that self esteem can be nourished everywhere your child is: at home, at school and even at play.

To help them get the most out of their school term, ensure that a daily activity, like homework, is helping to boost their sense of competency.

Tips for Homework Help

Establish a nonnegotiable, daily homework time. A child should read or work on a personal project on days no homework is assigned.
Establish a quiet place for study. Some children do as well on the living-room floor as they do at a desk in the bedroom.
Ask about assignments and whether the child understands them. Help …


How to be a Good Role Model for your Kids

When it comes to building healthy self esteem, a child often looks to their parents to model how they should think of themselves.


Building Self Esteem

The building blocks of a child’s self esteem are built early on in their young lives. This is a process not an event. The great part is that there are many moments every day where you can help to build a child up so they can grow up to be a healthy adult.

Experts say every child shines in at least one discipline. It’s your job as a parent to discover and encourage your child’s gifts, while downplaying any weaknesses.

How do you discover your child’s gifts? Where do you start? Here’s what the experts say:

Watch your child carefully. Provide a few choices and observe which toy or activity your child …


What is Self Esteem: Tips and Tools for Every Parent

Raising children who feel good about themselves is a parent’s top priority. Healthy children, both emotionally and physically, lead to healthy adults. The roots of positive self-esteem start in childhood.


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Keep Kids Active During Summer Break

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