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'!


If I Were A Father

I came across an interesting essay written by my son. One of Zach’s teachers told me that he had written a wonderful essay all by himself and she made a copy of it and let me have it. I never even knew that he had to write this essay so I was thrilled to read what he had written because it came from his own heart.

The other day, I came across it again when I was cleaning the house. I thought that it would be appropriate to share it with you since we just celebrated Father’s Day. In the following paragraph, you will read excerpts from his essay, “If I Were A Father”.

“If I were a father I would teach my children to fear the Lord Jesus Christ. I would take my children to church. I’d teach them to pray… I’d teach my boys how to respect a lady and how to take care of their mother. I would show them how to respect other adults and how to respect their parents… I’d take them on trips to see their relatives. I would show them how to swim. I would take them hunting and fishing. I would try to be a godly father.”

This is one of those warm fuzzy moments for a parent. When you see your children maturing and saying and doing the right things. It is when you realize that all the time you spent teaching, encouraging and lovingly correcting really paid off. It is also sobering to think that we can influence our children’s lives in such a mighty way. I think Jeff has set a good example for our children of what a father should be. It is evident from this essay that Zach has been watching him and Zach is learning from his example. We have an awesome responsibility!

So what would your child write if they were a father or mother?

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One Comment on “If I Were A Father”

  • Diane Kelley July 3rd, 2011 11:42 pm

    What would some mothers and fathers write about the examples their own parents set for them as they were growing up? I hope most parents would hope they had set good examples and that even if they had difficulties and problems themselves that their children realize the children were always first in concerns. Parents if you are having a tough time in this economy, if you feel so weary and don’t know if you will be able to make ends meet or if your kids will be able to tell you are stressed…..pray for guidance and just make sure the kids know that whatever comes your way that you love your kids and will always take care of them. Make sure they know you consider each of your children is a gift from God and having them helps you deal with anything that you may have to face. Sometimes kids feel that their parents are having problems and maybe it is because of the children. Kids have a way of blaming themselves for things that upset their parents. So just reassure them.

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