Jennifer Pearce

Hi there! My name is Jennifer and I am one of the newest members to MomTalk and JustKiddin'. I am a 40-year-old mother who works outside the home. I live with my husband of eleven years and our two young daughters. After being a stay-at-home-mother for six years, I re-entered the workforce when my husband was briefly unemployed. When he returned to work, I chose to keep working due to economics and the age of my daughters at the time. I now work as the advertising manager of a community newspaper and appreciate how working has gotten me much more involved in my community. However, I often miss the opportunity to spend more time with my daughters, or to volunteer more time with their school and activities. My older daughter is a 10-year-old fourth grader, and my younger daughter is a 6-year-old kindergartener. Their many activities and my husband’s complicated work schedule make scheduling our number one family challenge. He works a rotating shift in a retail store that includes many nights and weekends. We struggle to preserve our time together as a family and make the most of it, while still finding time to accomplish our individual goals and pursue our favorite interests. My interests include reading, writing and photography. I love taking family photos and completed a Project 365 in 2010, taking a photo a day for the year. It was a wonderful experience to document our life for a year and appreciate all the little pieces of it. I am currently working to put the 365 pictures into a scrapbook…if I can just find the time. I look forward to sharing our journey with you here on JustKiddin'!

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Let’s put the Fun back into Dysfunctional

My brother wished me another Dysfunctional New Year.  It made me think of this magnet that a close friend gave to me shortly after we met.  It was an unspoken understanding and a reminder to be positive.  I love this magnet not just because of who gave it to me, but because it puts “normal” in a different light.   All jokes aside, many of us didn’t grow up in “normal” families.  Being military, some may view our lifestyle as dysfunctional.  I feel like it’s my responsibility to put the fun back into my children’s life when our lifestyle can sometimes seem dysfunctional with my husband’s frequent absence.

Many remind me that there is no “normal.”  Some define dysfunction as high drama.  Whatever it is, I believe my brother was still wishing me a Great New Year’s!  It also made me think of what my resolutions would be this year.  I can be a little type A and I don’t like failure or setting goals and not achieving them, so my resolutions remain unwritten and are still under current thought process.

I do know that with a new year, my tween will be turning 11 and getting closer to many life changes.  I know that hormonally we will definitely need to replace fun in the dysfunction.  I know that I need to continue teaching her life skills, social skills, and trying to emulate the type of person  I would like her to become.  Which means, I need to do better.  I need to resolve to be a better example and role model.  I need to work on my insecurities so that I don’t “spread” them to her.  I need to be quick to admit I’m wrong, quick to forgive and be willing to “fight” for what’s right and what is worth saving.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?  How are you going to put Fun into the New Year?

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