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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Liar! Liar! Your skort is on fire!

For anyone without a little girl, let me explain that a skort is a hybrid between skirt and shorts. They are acceptable, if not ideal, to wear to P.E. class, which is where our story begins.

Six-year-old Connie realized that her P.E. teacher will ask, not check, to see if a girl is wearing a skort or a skirt. Wearing a skirt means that she will not have to participate. It’s not that Connie prefers written work to physical. Connie enjoys getting away with something.

Since it worked once, she decided to do it again…and again. After the third time in a row, the P.E. teacher had enough and sent home a note. Busted!

Later that same day, Connie’s kindergarten teacher realized that she was wearing a skort, and that besides the P.E. scam, Connie had been requesting a chair for several days instead of sitting on the floor during “circle time.”

The kindergarten teacher added her comments to the P.E. teacher’s note. Despite Connie’s efforts to hide the note from me, and even lie about what the note said, the cat was out of the bag.

What was I supposed to do with my little con artist?

I know that lying is common with small children, but at age 6 and nearly done with kindergarten, I know that Connie knows reality from fantasy, right from wrong.

In the talk that followed, her Dad and I made it very clear that not only would lying not be tolerated, but that we expected her to fully participate in all school activities. Connie was punished for the night, but that is as far as we went.

In the moment, she seemed exhausted from her efforts to conceal the truth, and shamed that she had been caught by each and every adult. Looking back though, I’m not sure whether we came down hard enough.

What do you consider a proper punishment for a six year old caught in an elaborate lie? Is it enough to talk about it right away, or should the consequences be greater?

 

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2 Comments on “Liar! Liar! Your skort is on fire!”

  • Shannon Heather June 5th, 2011 11:16 pm

    I really like creative punishments when kids are this crafty. What about making her take a sewing lesson and make skorts and then donate them to needy kids?

  • Jennifer Pearce June 6th, 2011 4:44 pm

    Interesting idea, but perhaps a bit beyond her capacity. What kinds of creative punishments have you employed, Shannon Heather? Were they effective?

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