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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Why is He Watching Me?

Zach and Bethany are realizing that their little brother is starting to grow up. He is no longer a baby (and he will tell you that). He is now three. I have told the kids countless times to be careful what they do and say because Timothy is watching them.

They have noticed that sometimes he will repeat what they say or do what they do. Sometimes they will get aggravated with him. They asked me why little kids do this. I told them that it was all a part of the learning process. I informed them that their little brother was looking up to them for guidance; he will watch them to learn how to do something.

They both thought it was kind of strange. They never really experienced this before because the two of them are so close in age. There are seven years between Timothy and Bethany, and almost another two years to Zach. I told them to keep an eye on Timothy the next time we did an activity. I wanted them to see him observing what we were doing and then imitating it.

This weekend we prepared the ground in order to put up our swimming pool. Zach grabbed a rake and began the job. He didn’t even realize that Timothy was standing there staring at him. I ran inside to grab the camera because I knew what was coming next. Timothy picked up a rake and began “helping” Zach. I hollered Zach’s name and then pointed to Timothy. When Zach realized what was happening, he began to laugh. He asked his little brother if he liked helping. Timothy said no and dropped the rake then went back to playing in the sand. He had enough of this work!

How do your children respond to their younger siblings?

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